Has Michael Phelps ran out of steam? Or is he holding back before the actual Olympics? Has Ryan Lochte finally reached his full potential? There are so many unanswered questions, which can only be answered during the actual event. However, over the past week, the two had a preview of what we can expect during the Olympics.
On Monday, the duel had an epic showdown in the 400-meter individual medley final heat. It was Ryan Lochte who came up on top. Michael Phelps only managed a second place finish behind his rival. Fortunately, both individuals managed to secure a place in the London Olympics for the event.
Then on Tuesday night, another showdown between the two in the 200-meter freestyle semifinal heat, had the crowd roaring. Eventually, Ryan Lochte took the first spot and Michael Phelps took second with only 0.02 seconds behind his fellow American. Tonight will be an important night for both though, as only the top two in the event will proceed to compete in the event in London.
“At this point, it’s about getting spots on the team. The most important thing for me is to try to secure a spot, and then from here I have three to four weeks to prepare myself and get some extra training,” stated Michael Phelps.
It was the final 50 meters that had the crowd going wild. It was an extremely tight race where either of the two could have come in first. In the end, the clock indicated that Ryan Lochte arrived at 1:46.25, while Michael Phelps came in at 1.46:27. “Definitely we kicked it in gear the last 50. You know (Wednesday) night it’s going to be a lot faster,” said Ryan Lochte. For the full article, you can check it out here.
It would be interesting to see if both rivals are able to qualify for the 200m freestyle in London tonight. More importantly, which one will come in first. As the London Olympics draw nearer, time is running out for Michael Phelps. Has his era come to an end? Will we see a new swimming sensation take over the competition by storm? Even up to today, there aren’t many people who are familiar with Ryan Lochte. However, he has shown a whole lot of heart by overcoming the odds as an underdog so far. Perhaps the big question now is whether he will be able to do so on the actual event itself.
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