Michael Phelps was named this morning to the 4x100-meter freestyle relay team that will compete in tonight's final, keeping alive his quest for a possible eight Olympic gold medals.
U.S. team coach Eddie Reese chose Phelps over Gary Hall Jr. to join a relay team that also includes Ian Crocker, Jason Lezak and Neil Walker, a USA Swimming spokesman confirmed. Reese declined to release the order in which they will swim.
Hall Jr. , who recently expressed dismay that U.S. coaches were being pressured to provide Phelps with extra opportunities in his gold-medal pursuit, missed a chance to make the team this morning. A member of two Olympic gold medal relay teams, Hall swam a slower relay leg in the preliminary round than Walker, whose split time of 48.16 seconds topped Hall Jr. by 0.57.
That put Hall in the position of essentially fighting Phelps for the last spot.
After, Hall hurried past reporters after the competition to check the split times, saying "I want to race again."
Phelps, who easily won his 200 freestyle heat Sunday morning--but with only the fifth fastest time of the day--did not compete in the preliminary round.
Phelps won his first gold medal Saturday by winning the 400 individual medley in world record time.