U.S. Olympic Trials: Michael Phelps Becomes First Person to Threepeat Two Events in Trials History
-- June 28, 2012
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OMAHA, Nebraska, June 28. MICHAEL Phelps continues to make swimming history, this time becoming the first person ever to threepeat two different events in U.S. Olympic Trials history. Phelps dominated the men's 200 fly finale, while FAST's Tyler Clary squeaked into second to make the Olympic squad at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.
Phelps smoked a time of 1:53.65, a world-leader ahead of the 1:54.01 posted by Takeshi Matsuda earlier this year for Japan. The time beat the Trials textile best of 1:54.31 set by Phelps back in 2004 in Long Beach, and is the 15th-fastest swim of all time.
The win pushed Phelps' total Trials title tally to 11, after becoming the first person to 10 last night with a men's 200 free title. With his 200 free win, which defended his 2004 and 2008 titles, and his triumph tonight that defended his 2004 and 2008 200 fly titles, Phelps became the first person ever to threepeat two events. Janet Evans, Gary Hall Jr., Eleanor Holm, Mary T. Meagher and Brendan Hansen have all won three straight in a single event, but only the Superfish has been able to do it twice.
Meanwhlie, Tyler Clary raced past early leader Bobby Bollier, 1:55.12 to 1:55.79, for the second spot on the Olympic roster. The second-place finish is Clary's first Olympic bid effort after taking third in the 200 back and fourth in the 400 IM in 2008, and third in the 400 IM earlier in the week. Clary moved to fifth in the world this year, while Bollier cracked the top 10.
Davis Tarwater (1:56.83), Mark Dylla (1:57.84), Dakota Hodgson (1:58.07), Dan Madwed (1:58.36) and Michael Flach (1:59.43) also vied for the Trials title.
Results: US Olympic Trials: Men's 200 Fly Finals
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