Michael Phelps, the 26 year old swimming sensation from the United States will be participating in a total of seven races at the Olympic qualifying trials in Omaha next week. This is going to be a preview of what we can expect from him during the London Olympics next month.
The events that he has signed up for are the 200m and 400m individual medleys, the 100m and 200m butterfly, the 100m and 200m freestyle and the 200m backstroke. The confirmation list will be announced officially this week. So far, Phelps has been very silent on his game plan. Both the media as well as the public are wondering how he intends to outperform his previous record in the Beijing Olympics four years ago. During the previous games, he dominated the competition with a record-breaking eight gold medals. The number of qualifying races he will take part in has not been officially confirmed yet. He could very well choose to participate in more or even drop out of any of the seven.
Let’s not forget that the events mentioned above are only individual events. Apart from that, there are still the relay events, which Michael Phelps will most likely be selected for. The biggest question this year was if he was going to take part in the 400m individual medley. Over the years, he has repeatedly broke his own record in this event. In fact, this is considered to be one of the most grueling and challenging events in swimming. However, Michael Phelps has also mentioned on numerous occasions that he would not participate in it again. Despite that, he has received encouragement and motivation from his coach, his mother and even his main American rival, Ryan Lochte, to go at it one last time.
Apart from the strong encouragement and motivation, there is also the pride in taking part in the event. The 400m individual medley is actually the first swimming event that will take place at the Olympics. This is when many eyes from around the world will have a preview of what’s to come after. Furthermore, it is not easy to reject an epic showdown between himself and Ryan Lochte. To read more about the article, click here.
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