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Keller, Phelps Pace Prelims of 200m Freestyle -- July 8, 2004 Klete Keller will challenge Phelps in the 200 Free

By Phillip Whitten

LONG BEACH, Calif., July 8. KLETE Keller and Michael Phelps. That was the story this morning in the prelims of the men’s 200m freestyle. And that likely will be the story in tonight’s semifinals and tomorrow’s final.

The only question probably will be: Who will be first and who second?

This morning it was Keller, who smashed Phelps’ 400 meter American record last night, touching first in a smooth 1:48.15 to win heat 5. Two heats later, Phelps hit the pads in 1:48.40. Both men clearly swam within themselves and neither appeared winded.

Seven other swimmers went 1:49s, led by Peter Vanderkaay at 1:49.03. Scott Goldblatt, a 2000 Olympian, qualified fifth (1:49.41) and two-time Olympian Josh Davis was sixth (1:49.65).

It took 1:51.17 to move on to the semifinals.

Men’s 200m Freestyle
200m Nage Libre Hommes
WR 1:44.06 THORPE Ian Fukuoka (JPN) 25 JUL 2001 AUS
AR 1:45.99 PHELPS Michael Maryland (USA) 7 AUG 2003 NBA
US 1:45.63 THORPE Ian Long Beach (USA) 12 JUN 2004 AUS
TR 1:47.26 DAVIS Josh Indianapolis (USA) 11 AUG 2000 USA
Rank Name YB Nation Result Behind R.T. HT LN 150m 100m 50m
KELLER Klete USA 82 1:48.15 1. q 0.79 5 4 1:20.85 53.46 26.18
PHELPS Michael USA 85 1:48.40 2. 0.25 q 0.77 7 4 1:21.18 53.21 25.71
VANDERKAAY Peter USA 84 1:49.03 3. 0.88 q 0.77 5 6 1:21.14 53.30 25.66
DUSING Nate USA 78 1:49.34 4. 1.19 q 0.66 6 4 1:21.04 52.73 25.23
GOLDBLATT Scott USA 79 1:49.41 5. 1.26 q 0.78 6 5 1:21.40 53.54 25.93
DAVIS Josh USA 72 1:49.65 6. 1.50 q 0.71 7 5 1:21.43 52.81 25.18
KETCHUM Daniel USA 81 1:49.83 7. 1.68 q 0.81 7 3 1:21.73 53.39 25.94
CARVIN Chad USA 74 1:49.84 8. 1.69 q 0.74 5 5 1:21.82 53.81 26.11

LOCHTE Ryan USA 84 1:49.93 9. 1.78 q 0.75 6 6 1:21.58 53.90 26.05
JONES Ben USA 82 1:50.01 10. 1.86 q 0.73 5 7 1:21.98 53.70 25.93
CRAMER Jayme USA 83 1:50.21 11. 2.06 q 0.74 6 3 1:21.37 53.19 25.78
ROGERS Dale USA 82 1:50.33 12. 2.18 q 0.69 2 2 1:21.22 52.94 25.24
WALKER Neil USA 76 1:50.39 13. 2.24 q 0.76 5 2 1:21.01 52.79 25.23
JENSEN Larsen USA 85 1:50.96 14. 2.81 q 0.73 4 3 1:23.15 54.82 26.69
DEJONG Chris USA 84 1:51.05 15. 2.90 q 0.77 7 8 1:23.06 54.56 26.00
MORTIMER Justin USA 82 1:51.17 16. 3.02 q 0.71 7 6 1:22.62 53.55 25.92

MARGALIS Robert USA 82 1:51.19 17. 3.04 1 0.73 1 3 1:22.59 54.33 26.58
VERLATTI Ryan USA 86 1:51.25 18. 3.10 2 0.78 1 4 1:23.08 54.56 26.62
VON SCHOFF Scott USA 79 1:51.26 19. 3.11 0.74 7 1 1:22.80 54.00 26.06
WARKENTIN Mark USA 79 1:51.46 20. 3.31 0.72 6 1 1:21.89 53.21 25.52
OWEN Matthew USA 84 1:51.48 21. 3.33 0.87 5 1 1:23.07 54.12 26.03
BEAL Daniel USA 85 1:51.62 22. 3.47 0.75 4 6 1:23.74 54.91 26.45
SILKAITIS Terrence USA 83 1:51.66 23. 3.51 0.73 4 2 1:22.92 54.22 26.06
MCGINNIS Matthew USA 85 1:51.70 24. 3.55 0.69 4 5 1:23.44 54.88 26.36
DEBERRY Tyler USA 84 1:51.82 25. 3.67 0.76 2 6 1:23.02 54.24 26.05
MORGAN Daniel USA 77 1:51.87 26. 3.72 0.59 2 3 1:23.47 54.49 26.07
BERENS Richard USA 88 1:51.92 27. 3.77 0.74 3 2 1:23.97 55.17 26.85
TARWATER Davis USA 84 1:51.95 28. 3.80 0.72 6 7 1:23.20 54.53 26.38
WEBER-GALE Garrett USA 85 1:52.08 29. 3.93 0.71 3 1 1:23.71 54.59 26.17
GOLDBERG Bryan USA 83 1:52.08 29. 3.93 0.68 6 2 1:22.47 53.40 25.54
KLUEH Michael USA 87 1:52.10 31. 3.95 0.75 3 5 1:23.58 54.79 26.70
CLEMENTS Kevin USA 80 1:52.48 32. 4.33 0.75 4 4 1:24.00 55.53 26.91
TUCKER Scott USA 75 1:52.49 33. 4.34 0.74 5 3 1:22.42 53.52 25.66
PHILLIPS Shaun USA 84 1:52.52 34. 4.37 0.75 1 5 1:23.59 54.79 26.58
WIEBECK Kristopher USA 83 1:52.53 35. 4.38 0.77 3 8 1:23.27 54.86 26.33
CONNELL Roderick USA 85 1:52.55 36. 4.40 0.69 4 1 1:22.72 54.35 25.91
BRUNELLI Nicholas USA 81 1:52.72 37. 4.57 0.74 6 8 1:22.85 53.77 25.78
WAGNER Garrett USA 85 1:52.73 38. 4.58 0.96 4 8 1:24.57 55.60 26.48
KENDRICK Rainer USA 82 1:52.76 39. 4.61 0.73 3 7 1:23.39 54.28 26.07
LISCINSKY William USA 81 1:52.90 40. 4.75 0.72 3 6 1:23.53 54.16 25.90
NABORS John USA 82 1:53.08 41. 4.93 0.78 2 5 1:23.61 54.51 26.20
GRANT Andrew USA 85 1:53.20 42. 5.05 0.79 3 3 1:23.99 54.97 26.65
BRUCKART Joe USA 80 1:53.28 43. 5.13 0.79 7 2 1:23.45 54.34 26.04