Two days after they meet in the final of the 400-meter individual medley, Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte, the world’s best all-around swimmers, will head back to the pool to compete in the 200 freestyle final.
It will be the first of four event finals on the third day of competition at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, Neb., June 25 through July 2, which decides who will represent the United States at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
In 2008, when Phelps attempted and succeeded in qualifying for the U.S. Olympic swim team in five individual events and three relays, it was nothing short of spectatcular. On his way to his historic run in Beijing, Phelps downed challenger after challenger, including his main rival in the medley events, Lochte.
Four years later, it is Lochte who is attempting to make the team in eight events, with speculation over whether or not the Florida native will attempt to qualify in a sixth individual event, for nine total events in London.
Also on the blocks will be world record holders Rebecca Soni and Jessica Hardy facing off in the women’s 100 breaststroke, and the Golden Girl, Natalie Coughlin in a drag race against teenagers in the women’s 100 backstroke.