Malchow, Phelps Cruise To One, Two Seeds

By Sarah Tolar

LONG BEACH, Calif., July 9. THE men’s 200 butterfly preliminaries set the stage for what will be Michael Phelps’ second duel tonight. He will begin the evening by facing off with Klete Keller in the 200 freestyle. This morning, Tom Malchow proved that he will not roll over and give up the top spot in the 200 fly.

Malchow took his race out with apparent ease but turned it on in the last 50 to post a 1:57.93. In the heat before Malchow, John Abercrombie of Longhorn Aquatics and Michael Raab of UVA both swam sub-two minute races, with Raab at 1:58.56 and Abercrombie a second back with 1:59.59.

In the final heat, Phelps, who raced in a traditional brief suit, seemingly cruised to a 1:58.07, taking 17 strokes on the first 50 and 20 strokes for each of next three 50s. He let the field stay just ahead until the final 30 meters, when he turned on the legs and charged to the lead.

With only other six men under two minutes after prelims, it seems there is room for anyone to step up and make the final, but it will take a near-superhuman performance to dethrone Malchow or Phelps.

Men’s 200m Butterfly
200m Papillon
WR 1:53.93 PHELPS Michael Barcelona (ESP) 22 JUL 2003 USA
AR 1:53.93 PHELPS Michael Barcelona (ESP) 22 JUL 2003 USA
US 1:54.86 PHELPS Michael Fort Lauderdale (USA) 14 AUG 2002 USA
TR 1:55.67 MALCHOW Tom Indianapolis (USA) 11 AUG 2000 USA

MALCHOW Tom USA 76 1:57.93 1. q 0.81 5 4 1:27.02 56.78 27.13
PHELPS Michael USA 85 1:58.07 2. 0.14 q 0.77 6 4 1:27.94 57.10 27.31
RAAB Michael USA 82 1:58.56 3. 0.63 q 0.73 4 4 1:26.95 56.03 26.36
TARWATER Davis USA 84 1:59.12 4. 1.19 q 0.72 6 6 1:28.13 56.95 26.84
CRUZ Daniel USA 83 1:59.26 5. 1.33 q 0.70 6 5 1:27.69 56.91 26.82
ABERCROMBIE John USA 82 1:59.59 6. 1.66 q 0.75 4 3 1:27.31 55.88 26.54
HAUPT Matthew USA 80 2:00.01 7. 2.08 q 0.83 4 2 1:28.17 56.75 26.61

O’CONNOR Kellan USA 80 2:00.63 8. 2.70 q 0.79 6 3 1:29.08 58.05 27.09
KELLEY Wade USA 84 2:00.97 9. 3.04 q 0.77 2 5 1:28.92 57.52 27.53
MA Zayd USA 83 2:01.14 10. 3.21 q 0.65 4 1 1:29.25 57.98 27.43
DONNELLY Eric USA 80 2:01.25 11. 3.32 q 0.78 5 5 1:29.52 58.21 27.46
GLASCO Joshua USA 83 2:01.31 12. 3.38 q 0.79 5 2 1:28.90 57.55 27.09
STOVALL Gil USA 86 2:01.35 13. 3.42 q 0.64 4 6 1:29.04 57.43 26.93
LAWLER James USA 82 2:01.39 14. 3.46 q 0.81 5 6 1:27.77 55.77 26.06
KLUEH Michael USA 87 2:01.42 15. 3.49 q 0.78 6 2 1:29.71 57.59 27.24

HALASZ Scott USA 83 2:01.86 16. 3.93 q 0.63 5 1 1:29.55 58.26 27.19
KENDRICK Rainer USA 82 2:02.10 17. 4.17 1 0.73 5 3 1:28.94 57.12 26.89
MAHANEY Aaron USA 79 2:02.16 18. 4.23 2 0.79 2 3 1:30.23 58.14 27.34
VANDERKAAY Alex USA 86 2:02.21 19. 4.28 0.79 3 1 1:30.03 58.35 27.70
HIRNIAK Stefan USA 85 2:02.27 20. 4.34 0.84 5 8 1:29.81 58.12 27.10
BERENS Richard USA 88 2:02.56 21. 4.63 0.77 1 4 1:30.50 58.51 27.51
NELIGAN Brendan USA 83 2:02.59 22. 4.66 0.80 6 8 1:29.76 57.98 27.16
CRAMER Jayme USA 83 2:02.79 23. 4.86 0.75 4 5 1:28.46 56.56 26.66
MONTAGUE Joe USA 78 2:02.89 24. 4.96 0.73 5 7 1:30.36 58.42 27.62
GREENWOOD Bo USA 82 2:02.96 25. 5.03 0.74 2 2 1:30.56 58.99 27.70
RINGE David USA 81 2:02.98 26. 5.05 0.72 3 4 1:30.59 58.12 27.27
JOHNSON Mark USA 85 2:03.09 27. 5.16 0.72 1 5 1:30.72 58.37 27.14
HAMMING Mark USA 82 2:03.20 28. 5.27 0.67 3 3 1:29.60 57.40 26.91
BEAL Daniel USA 85 2:03.69 29. 5.76 0.75 4 8 1:29.89 58.13 27.07
MADWED Daniel USA 89 2:04.02 30. 6.09 0.73 2 7 1:29.28 56.62 26.67
MILLS Matthew USA 82 2:04.56 31. 6.63 0.74 3 8 1:31.04 58.86 27.51
DUFFY Robert USA 80 2:04.67 32. 6.74 0.80 4 7 1:30.43 58.64 27.21
O’NEIL Patrick USA 84 2:04.76 33. 6.83 0.82 1 3 1:31.52 59.19 27.60
TOLMACHOFF Erik USA 81 2:05.76 34. 7.83 0.76 3 5 1:30.48 58.27 27.29
AMES Chad USA 83 2:05.88 35. 7.95 0.74 3 2 1:31.71 58.96 27.77
MCCRARY Christopher USA 81 2:06.02 36. 8.09 0.72 3 6 1:30.97 57.92 26.90
CENCI Nicholas USA 82 2:06.09 37. 8.16 0.77 3 7 1:32.71 59.52 28.13
SCALISE Erik USA 77 2:07.55 38. 9.62 0.79 2 6 1:32.43 59.39 28.35
ERAZO Eddie USA 86 2:10.31 39. 12.38 0.70 6 1 1:35.43 1:00.53 28.14
HAIDINYAK Andrew USA 80 2:11.83 40. 13.90 0.64 6 7 1:33.43 58.09 26.20
SHEVCHIK Daniel USA 80 DSQ 2 4

Michael Phelps won his prelim heat in the fly at the 2004 Olympic Trials

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