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Phelps withdraws from 200m freestyle

07-04-2012 09:59 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

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American swimming star Michael Phelps has decided that 8 is too much when it comes to the number of events he will take part in at the London Olympics. Phelps has dropped the 200 metres freestyle from his schedule, leaving him with seven events for his Games swansong.

Phelps triumphed in the 200m freestyle at the Beijing Games where he won an unprecedented eight gold medals. Phelps has however, been beaten in the four-lap race at the last two world championships.

Michael Phelps takes off his swim cap following his first place finish in the men's
100m butterfly final at the US Olympic swimming trials on July 1. Phelps was sixth at
the turn but powered home to win in 51.14sec. (AFP Photo/Frederic J. Brown)

The American qualified for eight events at the U.S. Trials, the same number he swam at Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008, but ditched the freestyle to focus on the relays. By dropping the 200m free, Phelps will now swim seven events; the 100 and 200 butterfly, the 200 and 400 individual medleys and three relays, and has good chances in all of them and adding to his Olympic stockpile.

Phelps, expected to go toe-to-toe with rising compatriot Ryan Lochte in the pool. Phelps, with 14 Gold medals to his credit, already am Olympic record needs just three medals in London to become the winningest Olympian of all time.


Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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