Reported by Mitch Bowmile.
MEN’S 200M BUTTERFLY SEMIFINAL
Top seed: Michael Phelps (1:56.68)
World record: 1:51.51 – Michael Phelps
American record: 1:51.51 – Michael Phelps
U.S Open record: 1:52.20 – Michael Phelps
U.S Nationals record: 1:52.20 – Michael Phelps
JR World record: 1:55.92 – Andrew Seliskar 1:52.20
2012 Winning Time: 1:53.65 – Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps cruised through the second semifinal of the men’s 200m butterfly smooth as can be in the water, dropping a 1:55.17 to lead the way through the semis into tomorrow night’s finals.
While he looked great in the pool, his turn at the 100-meter wall was off. Rather than glide in for a long touch, Phelps opted for a half stroke into the wall and came in hard. This morning he wasn’t pleased with his third turn, “third turn was bad. Awful. Killed all the momentum,” Phelps said.
At the touch tonight, Phelps looked disappointed in his swim before he even turned around and saw the time.
Although he might not be 100 per cent pleased with his turns, Phelps is still the heavy favorite heading into the final, the real race is a race for second.
Pace Clark was the second fastest this evening, dropping a 1:56.27 to win the first semifinal ahead of Cal’s Tom Shields. Shields was a 1:56.35, right on Clark’s tail. Chase Kalisz wasn’t too far behind them either sporting a 1:56.48.
The race for second will be a tight one, also in the mix is Gunnar Bentz who went a 1:56.82 in the second semifinal and Zach Harding to clocked in behind him in 1:56.99.
- Michael Phelps (1:55.17)
- Pace Clark (1:56.27)
- Tom Shields (1:56.35)
- Chase Kalisz (1:56.48)
- Gunnar Bentz (1:56.82)
- Zach Harting (1:56.99)
- Jack Conger (1:57.02)
- Andrew Seliskar (1:57.10)
For official results click here.