See Michael Phelps’ first 200 IM since the London Olympics – Race Video

  81 Gold Medal Mel Stewart | June 23rd, 2014 | Arena Pro Swim Series, International, News, Press Releases, Video

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2014 Arena Grand Prix at Santa Clara

Men’s 200 IM – FINALS

Rowdy Gaines talked to Dwyer before the race and informed him that if he won the race, he would win the Grand Prix series. Dwyer suddenly felt the pressure as he wasn’t aware of the points race before hand. He handled the pressure well, fighting through the final 50 against Chase Kalisz and Michael Phelps to win the 200 IM. Dwyer got his hand on the wall to win the race at 1:59.49.
Conor Dwyer, Michael Phelps, and Chase Kalisz all came off the wall dead even at the 150 meter mark. Chase Kalisz is a monster in the back half of the IM, but he wasnt enough for Dwyer today. Kalisz finished second at 1:59.53 and Phelps was third at 1:59.76. Max Williamson finished fourth at 2:01.71 and Gunnar Bentz was fifth at 2:02.17.

Jay Litherland won the B-final of the men’s 200 IM with a time of 2:03.83.

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Phelps’s breastroke has been unpredictable his entire career.
It was always his weakest stroke, then something happened leading up to the 2011 Worlds as his stroke became super good, even on par with Lochte.
Just hope he reclaim whatever it was that made the difference.
Because as we know the breast leg is the key, especially if he wants to reclaim thha WR

I just watched the race video above again (by the way, somebody fixed it so the entire race is shown now), and my opinion has changed. Initially I assumed Phelps’ lack of a training base affected his endurance and lost the race on the final 50, which is true to some extent; but, he was ahead by a half body length at the start of breaststroke and Dwyer (who has never been known for his breaststroke) caught up to him, so I think Phelps just hasn’t trained enough breaststroke! Sure, Kalisz would have caught up anyway, but if his breaststroke had been just a little faster he might have had enough of a lead to touch them out at the… Read more »

Of course nothing is impossible, and I wish Chloe well, but with Katie Ledecky around there really is only Olympic spot left in each of Chloe’s events and a lot of competition for them! Still, Chloe should do what makes her happy; if she still enjoys swimming and has goals to achieve, she should continue!

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About Gold Medal Mel Stewart

Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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