Pan Pacs Day 5 Prelims: Phelps Skips 100 Fly to Target 200 IM World Mark

By Stephen J. Thomas

YOKOHAMA, Japan, August 28. SEVENTEEN year-old American swim sensation Michael Phelps withdrew from the heats of the 100-meter butterfly this morning to concentrate his energies on the 200-meter individual medley.

Phelps equalled the second fastest 100 meter fly time in history at the US Nationals earlier this month with a very hot 51.88, matching Germany's Thomas Rupprath and only seven one-hundredths behind the world record 51.81 set by Aussie Michael Klim in 1999.

Phelps scratched for two reasons: He has already had a tough schedule and with the heats, semifinals and final of the 100 fly and 200 IM running on the same schedule, he felt he would have a shot at the four-stroke event. Phelps also swam the third fastest time in history in the 200 IM this month – an American record 1:58.68, with Finn Jani Sievinen's world mark in sight at 1:58.16.

Phelps could not hide his disappointment at his press conference last night after his close defeat by arch-rival and fellow countryman Tom Malchow. He felt that his fly stroke was not as comfortable as it had felt at the US Nationals earlier in the month.

Team USA was not put out too much by the withdrawl with Ian Crocker, the 2001 World Championships silver medalist, splashing out a very fast 52.52 to qualify fastest by half a second. Olympic and World Championships bronze medalist, Aussie Geoff Huegill, qualified for the semifinals eleventh fastest, in a "relaxed" 54.86.

Phelps qualified second fastest in heats of the 200 IM in 2:01.88, behind teammate Tom Wilkens' 2:01.73.

In the prelims of the women's 100m free, Americans occupied the top five spots. Natalie Coughlin led the way at 54.94, followed by Gabrielle Rose (55.15), Jenny Thompson (55.25), Lindsay Benko (55.52) and 15 year-old Rhi Jeffrey (55.71). Courtney Shealy was tenth in 56.08.

Four Aussies made top 16: Sarah Ryan (6th in 55.73), Jodier Henry (7th in 55.97), Rebecca Creedy (11th in 56.37) and Alice Mills (12th in 56.64.).

In the absence of US national champion and American record-holder Natalie Coughlin, who never intended to swim it, and Lindsay Benko, who decided not to swim it after arriving in Japan, the USA's Margaret Hoelzer was the top qualifier in the 200m backstroke at 2:12.55.

The Japanese are expected to be very tough and they flexed their muscles in prelims. Tomoko Hagiwara, winner of the 200 IM, is second at 2:12.73, with Aya Terakawa fourth (2:13.29). Reiko Nakamura is sixth (2:13.67), Toshie Abe ninth (2:14.46) and Noriko Inada tenth (2:14.85).

Canada's Jennifer Fratesi is third at 2:13.08, with Elizabeth Warden seventh exactly one second slower.

The Aussies will showcase Clementine Stoney, fifth (2:13.60), Kelly Tucker and Melissa Morgan, while the
USA has Diana MacManus (8th at 2:14.25) and Maureen Farrell (12th at 2:15.01).

PAN PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIPS
Yokohama, Japan
August 24-29

DAY FIVE: August 28, 2002
Prelims Results

Event 60 100m Freestyle Women Heats

Ranking Results

WR 53.77 Inge DE BRUIJN NED 2000/09/20 SYDNEY
CR 54.82 Jenny THOMPSON USA 1997/08/11 FUKUOKA

Rank HT LN Name first name Nation YB Time (R.T.)

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1 6 4 Natalie COUGHLIN USA 82 54.94 (0.69)
2 6 3 Gabrielle ROSE USA 77 55.15 (0.72)
3 6 5 Jennifer THOMPSON USA 73 55.25 (0.77)
4 5 4 Lindsay BENKO USA 76 55.52 (0.77)
5 4 5 Rhiannon JEFFREY USA 86 55.71 (0.77)
6 4 4 Sarah RYAN AUS 77 55.73 (0.72)
7 5 5 Jodie HENRY AUS 83 55.97 (0.87)
8 4 6 Tomoko NAGAI JPN 81 55.98 (0.73)
9 4 7 Alison FITCH NZL 80 55.99 (0.88)
10 5 6 Courtney SHEALY USA 77 56.08 (0.73)
11 5 1 Rebecca CREEDY AUS 83 56.37 (0.72)
12 5 3 Alice MILLS AUS 86 56.64 (0.74)
13 4 3 Laura NICHOLLS CAN 78 56.72 (0.84)
14 4 1 Kaori YAMADA JPN 81 56.74 (0.73)
15 6 7 Cassie HUNT AUS 83 56.78 (0.83)
16 5 7 Norie URABE JPN 86 56.89 (0.76)
17 6 8 Haley COPE USA 79 56.93 (0.72)
18 6 1 Maki MITA JPN 83 57.05 (0.70)
19 6 6 Tammie STONE USA 76 57.11 (0.78)
20 3 8 Audrey LACROIX CAN 83 57.33 (0.78)
21 5 2 Joscelin YEO SIN 79 57.66 (0.74)
22 5 8 Yafei ZHOU CHN 84 57.67 (0.78)
23 3 4 Elizabeth COLLINS CAN 82 57.69 (0.84)
24 2 6 Mary DESCENZA USA 84 57.86 (0.80)
25 3 2 Sarah JACKSON NZL 80 57.93 (0.81)
26 3 7 Felicity GALVEZ AUS 85 58.03 (0.85)
27 2 2 Mariana NERY BROCHADO BRA 84 58.24 (0.84)
28 2 3 Mary HILL USA 85 58.28 (0.76)
29 2 5 Frances ADCOCK AUS 84 58.29 (0.69)
30 1 4 Dana KIRK USA 84 58.44 (0.65)
31 6 2 Elka GRAHAM AUS 81 58.57 (0.85)
32 3 1 Maiko FUJINO JPN 83 59.15 (0.78)
33 2 8 Chi Kwon Jennifer NG HKG 85 59.57 (0.78)
34 1 5 Hing Ting TANG HKG 87 59.91 (0.77)
35 1 3 Nathalie BERNARD NZL 85 1:00.15 (0.85)
36 2 7 Shuk Mui PANG HKG 84 1:00.17 (0.83)
37 2 1 Wei Min TEO SIN 86 1:00.20 (0.78)
38 2 4 Rebecca LINTON NZL 85 1:00.21 (0.82)
3 3 Jennifer BUTTON CAN 77 DNS (—–)
3 5 Toni JEFFS NZL 68 DNS (—–)
3 6 Rebeca BRAGA LAKISS GUSMAO BRA 84 DNS (—–)
4 2 Giaan ROONEY AUS 82 DNS (—–)
4 8 Jessica DEGLAU CAN 80 DNS (—–)

Event 61 100m Butterfly Men Heats

Ranking Results

WR 51.81 Michael KLIM AUS 1999/12/12 CANBERRA
CR 52.45 Geoff HUEGILL AUS 1999/08/27 SYDNEY

Rank HT LN Name first name Nation YB Time (R.T.)

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1 2 4 Ian CROCKER USA 82 52.52 (0.72)
2 4 5 Takashi YAMAMOTO JPN 78 53.02 (0.73)
3 4 3 Thomas HANNAN USA 80 53.17 (0.76)
4 3 3 Kohei KAWAMOTO JPN 79 53.96 (0.64)
5 2 5 Adam PINE AUS 76 54.01 (0.73)
6 3 6 Thomas MALCHOW USA 76 54.27 (0.77)
7 2 3 Hao JIN CHN 79 54.31 (0.77)
8 3 5 Michael MINTENKO CAN 75 54.32 (0.70)
9 2 6 Hugo Jose DUPPRE BRA 75 54.74 (0.75)
10 4 2 Andrew LIVINGSTON PUR 78 54.78 (0.82)
11 3 4 Geoff HUEGILL AUS 79 54.86 (0.74)
12 3 7 Atsushi NISHIKORI JPN 78 54.96 (0.64)
13 2 2 Moss Burmester NZL 81 55.49 (0.71)
14 3 2 Heath RAMSAY AUS 81 55.60 (0.83)
15 4 1 Juan Pablo VALDIVIESO PER 81 55.61 (0.72)
16 2 1 Pedro BARBOSA R. MONTEIRO BRA 75 55.67 (0.75)
17 4 7 Yu KONDO JPN 81 56.06 (0.70)
18 4 6 Ravil NACHAEV UZB 74 56.27 (0.81)
19 1 5 Scott TALBOT NZL 81 56.39 (0.64)
20 2 7 Mark Kin Ming KWOK HKG 77 56.67 (0.60)
21 4 8 Jung Jun Mark CHAY SIN 82 57.77 (0.78)
22 1 4 Shui Ki SZETO HKG 79 57.86 (0.75)
23 2 8 Cheng Xun NG SIN 86 58.43 (0.76)
24 1 3 Kwok Kei WONG HKG 83 1:00.85 (0.80)
25 1 6 Dean J PALACIOS NMA 86 1:02.50 (0.80)
3 1 Dean KENT NZL 78 DNS (—–)
3 8 Aaron CIARLA USA 78 DNS (—–)
4 4 Michael PHELPS USA 85 DNS (—–)

Event 62 200m Backstroke Women Heats

Ranking Results

WR 2:06.62 Krisztina EGERSZEGI HUN 1991/08/25 ATHENES
CR 2:10.79 Anna SIMCIC NZL 1991/08/25 EDOMONTON

Rank HT LN Name first name Nation YB Time (R.T.)

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1 3 3 Margaret HOELZER USA 83 2:12.55 (0.63)
2 3 4 Tomoko HAGIWARA JPN 80 2:12.73 (0.67)
3 1 5 Jennifer FRATESI CAN 84 2:13.08 (0.73)
4 2 3 Aya TERAKAWA JPN 84 2:13.29 (0.59)
5 1 4 Clementine STONEY AUS 81 2:13.60 (0.65)
6 2 4 Reiko NAKAMURA JPN 82 2:13.67 (0.64)
7 1 3 Elizabeth WARDEN CAN 78 2:14.08 (0.66)
8 3 5 Diana MACMANUS USA 86 2:14.25 (0.67)
9 2 5 Toshie ABE JPN 83 2:14.46 (0.60)
10 2 6 Noriko INADA JPN 78 2:14.85 (0.64)
11 2 2 Hannah MCLEAN NZL 81 2:14.89 (0.60)
12 3 2 Maureen FARRELL USA 83 2:15.01 (0.61)
13 3 6 Kelly TUCKER AUS 85 2:15.23 (0.66)
14 1 2 Melissa INGRAM NZL 85 2:15.42 (0.67)
15 1 6 Melissa MORGAN AUS 85 2:15.87 (0.57)
16 2 1 Erin GAMMEL CAN 80 2:16.42 (0.62)
17 3 1 Amanda GILLESPIE CAN 85 2:17.16 (0.75)
18 1 7 Melanie BOUCHARD CAN 82 2:17.80 (0.66)
19 2 7 Kelly STEFANYSHYN CAN 82 2:17.82 (0.62)
20 3 7 Helen NORFOLK NZL 81 2:19.77 (0.58)
21 3 8 Hiu Wai Sherry TSAI HKG 83 2:20.21 (0.62)
22 1 1 Yvette RODIER AUS 81 2:21.05 (0.65)
23 1 8 Frances ADCOCK AUS 84 2:22.03 (0.65)
24 2 8 Carissa THOMPSON NZL 85 2:30.44 (0.64)

Event 63 200m Individual Medley Men Heats

Ranking Results

WR 1:58.16 Jani SIEVINEN FIN 1994/09/11 ROME
CR 2:00.11 Dave WHARTON USA 1989/08/20 TOKYO

Rank HT LN Name first name Nation YB Time (R.T.)

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1 4 3 Thomas WILKENS USA 75 2:01.73 (0.83)
2 4 4 Michael PHELPS USA 85 2:01.88 (0.81)
3 3 3 Takahiro MORI JPN 80 2:01.92 (0.71)
4 3 4 Kevin CLEMENTS USA 80 2:02.18 (0.81)
5 2 4 Jiro MIKI JPN 83 2:02.40 (0.65)
6 3 2 Eric DONNELLY USA 80 2:02.82 (0.76)
7 4 2 Dean KENT NZL 78 2:03.07 (0.81)
8 4 5 Brian JOHNS CAN 82 2:03.38 (0.83)
9 3 5 Justin NORRIS AUS 80 2:03.84 (0.77)
10 2 7 Diogo DE OLIVEIRA YABE BRA 80 2:04.18 (0.82)
11 2 6 Shinya TANIGUCHI JPN 81 2:04.48 (0.81)
12 2 3 Robert VAN DER ZANT AUS 75 2:04.88 (0.70)
13 3 1 Trent STEED AUS 77 2:05.65 (0.77)
14 2 2 Chad MURRAY CAN 81 2:06.48 (0.78)
15 4 7 Mark GANGLOFF USA 82 2:07.28 (0.78)
16 4 6 Hao JIN CHN 79 2:07.62 (0.79)
17 2 1 Carlos SAYAO CAN 82 2:08.04 (0.81)
18 4 8 Rafael RIBEIRO GONCALVES BRA 80 2:08.07 (0.76)
19 2 8 Lucas Vinicius YOKOO SALATTA BRA 87 2:08.96 (0.79)
20 4 1 Lee Yu Gary TAN SIN 82 2:09.01 (0.71)
21 3 8 Jose BELARMINO SOUZA FO. BRA 77 2:09.98 (0.79)
22 1 3 Henrique RIBEIRO M. BARBOSA BRA 84 2:10.49 (0.86)
23 1 4 Kleber Ricardo IHARA BRA 81 2:10.50 (0.84)
24 1 6 Seung Gin LEE NMA 85 2:18.03 (0.80)
1 5 Rafael CHUA PHI 82 DNS (—–)
2 5 Nate DUSING USA 78 DNS (—–)
3 6 Kosuke KITAJIMA JPN 82 DNS (—–)
3 7 Keith BEAVERS CAN 83 DNS (—–)

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