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Phelps, Lochte face off in Olympic trials

06-27-2012 09:52 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

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Swimming's powerful U.S. Olympic Team for London is starting to take shape. The American Trials in Omaha Nebraska are underway and the key match up on day one pitched 14-time Olympic champion Michael Phelps up against his rival and 3-time Olympic champion Ryan Lochte in the 400 metre individual medley.

It’s not the clash of the titans by any means but it is a duel that’s expected to be one of the biggest attention-getters at the Olympics in London. The races between swimmers Michael Phelps and Ryan Locthe. The road to the Olympics starts here in Omaha Nebraska at the US team swimming trials.

At day 1 of the trials thousands watched the first installment of Phelps versus Locthe in the 400 meter individual medley. Locthe beat the reigning world record holder in the trials but both of them finished the race within 4 minutes and 7 seconds and secured they’re spots on the Olympic team.

Locthe said, "The first race is always the hardest one I can finally take a deep breath I’m on the team, which is amazing now I can just go out there and have fun.”

Bob Bowman, Michael Phelps’s coach, said, "I think he has to improve some technical items, couple of things to tweak. He has to keep getting better every day for the next 30 days."

In the 400 meter freestyle, three time Olympic medalist Peter Vanderkaay gets a chance to redeem himself after finishing 4th in the race in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Vanderkaay made the US team in the 4-hundred meter free at the trials.

Vanderkaay said, "Coming in 4th at the Olympics is a bit of a downer I’m sure because you’re so close… what have you done differently to train and hopefully get past fourth place and get into medal position at the Olympics. Well just stick to my and keep training hard. We have a little bit of time after this meet to go back to training. Hopefully I can polish a few things and get back on the medal stand."

One of the most decorated current female Olympians is trying to add the 100 meter fly to her list. Natalie Coughlin moved on to the finals in the event at the trials and will try to make the team in the race. Thanks to a change in the Olympic schedule, Coughlin could still do the fly while staying committed to her gold medal winning signature race the 100 meter back.

Coughlin said, "I’m never going to give up the 100 bk for the 100 fly. This is the first time in the sked where the 100bk final is prior to the 100 bk semi. In the past two Olympic games the 100 fly final was immediately following the 100 back semi."

Reporter: "The swimmers are deciding moments before each race whether or not they will actually swim in it. Swimmers like Lochte and Phelps say they’ll simply make up their minds as they go along.”


Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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