Swimming World Splashback One Year Ago Today: Phelps Takes Back 200 Fly

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On August 9, 2016, it was both the beginning, and end of something special. Katie Ledecky won the 200 freestyle, clinching the toughest race of her schedule. Her efforts on this night set her up for a legendary week at the Olympic Games.

But while Ledecky was just getting started in this event, Michael Phelps‘ race was a long time coming. One year ago, Phelps raced in yet another Olympic 200 fly. After losing four years prior, he re-claimed ownership of this event this time around.

Swimming World is recounting all the highlights from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games through a series of Splashbacks. Memories can also be found here.

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Author: Diana Pimer

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Diana Pimer was a breaststroke/IMer at Keene State College and is the NEISDA Conference record holder in the 200 IM. She is the assistant swim coach and assistant strength and conditioning coach at Keene State, as well as KSC's head site coach for Greenwood Swimming. Pimer also helped coach 2016 Paralympic bronze medalist Robert Griswold.

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