Phelps locks up eighth chance at gold
Phelps wrapped up another stellar week at the U.S. swim trials last night, rallying to win the 100-meter butterfly and secure his spot in five individual races at the Olympics.
Phelps caught Tyler McGill after the turn and surged to the wall to win in 51.14 seconds, well off his world-record pace (49.82) but fastest in the world this year. McGill hung on for the second Olympic spot in 51.32. Ryan Lochte finished third and missed adding another race to his already busy program.
Phelps, who won an Olympic-record eight golds at the 2008 Beijing Games, is set to swim the same events in London: the 100 and 200 fly, the 200 and 400 individual medley and the 200 freestyle, as well as all three relays.
"It shows that I can do the kind of event program like this at a high level again," Phelps said. "We were struggling over the last couple years at doing one event at this level. [It's good] being able to get a couple under the belt this week and hopefully build off of this. It will be good to get home and start heading toward London."
Franklin, a high school senior-to-be, locked up her fourth individual event with a dominant win in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:06.12, fastest in the world this year.
She had already earned spots in the 100 and 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke. She's also expected to swim on all three relays.
"I can't believe I have seven events," said Franklin, 17. "It's so overwhelming but so exciting. The whole week went really, really well."
Franklin is the world champion in the 200 backstroke and heads to London as the overwhelming favorite in that race.
"She's the best in the world for a reason. She can beat all of us pretty handily," said Elizabeth Beisel, who finished second.