U.S. Olympic Trials: Michael Phelps Storms To 100 Fly Title (51.00) In Vintage Fashion

Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps by Patrick B Kraemer

MIchael Phelps went old school, rallying down the stretch to win the 100 butterfly in 51.00 and set up a chance at a fourth consecutive Olympic title.

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kevin roose

Well that was a standout swim from Michael pure quality …..the way he has approached these trials and gone about his business has been first class. He hasnt bitten off more than he can chew and once again a headline act come Rio in the pool.

Lennart van Haaften

Dityatin also won 8 medals, in 1980.

It’ll be very interesting to see how much Phelps can improve in Rio. He’ll need to be quite a bit faster for gold medals. I’d say one individual gold would be a great achievement and make for a very successful comeback.

aswimfan

That was a gutsy swim by Phelps. Like Franklin in 200 free, the champion mentality got them to the finish line.
And what a race!!! I feel sorry but not sorry for Stubblefield and Phillips. They just don’t have it in them a champion mentality.

aswimfan

That last quote from Shields says it all.

I forgot, Conger also doesn’t have it. He didn’t have it at NCAA, he doesn’t have it here.

Craig Lord

Noted in copy Lennart. Thanks

Kim Simonsen

Cseh doesn’t get a bigger chance of becoming an Olympic Champion than in Rio – I actually see him and Le Clos ahead of Phelps in the 200 fly. Yes, maybe Phelps did’t peak at the trials, but who says Cseh can’t improve on his time from London, I don’t think he has peaked either – a 1.52 low or 1.51 high will be enough to win, I think.

aswimfan

Kim,
We will see in Rio if Phelps’ ego of exacting revenge in 200 fly will result in glory or will prove to be cause of his defeats not only in 200 fly but also in 200 IM/100 fly.
I’m still convinced that he shouldn’t do 200 fly, but what do I know, I’m not the swimming GOAT.

Felix Sanchez

John, in ‘Olympic lore’ lots of people have won gold at four straight games.

Craig Lord

Felix, thanks: only 3 have in solo events at straight Games, as stated in the article (clarified and Elvstrom added).

paolo rubbiani

1) Phelps won northeless a “Cavician” finish (he glided a lot arriving way too long): a 50.8 could have been a reasonable time for him.

2) What happened between Phelps and Shields? I think it’s pretty clear that there’s chill.

3) Phelps’ Olympic schedule (3 rounds of 200 fly, then 3 rounds of 200im and then 3 rounds of 100 fly in 4 days) is tremendously challenging.

In my opinion Cseh will focus on fly events (I don’t think he will race the 200 im), the same will do Le Clos (his third individual race could be – but I don’t know – the 200 free which are in a more favourable position), and Shields and Schooling.
I don’t know if Phelps, even at 31, will be able to successfully face fresher opponents.

Craig Lord

Paolo, yes indeed. Rio will be a test for all those who have been round the rings a few times, history tells, and age is significant, whatever anyone says on that score. Fantastic what Phelps, Lochte, Cseh etc have achieved but clearly they cannot handle the load that they were able to handle in 2004 and 2008. Only natural – as Therese Alshammar says, the “smart” approach is what’s required to remain in the game; when she said ‘age doesn’t matter’ she simply means that you can still be world-class and enjoy the sport and achieve – she doesn’t mean its irrelevant: clearly, on a relative level, it is. Rio will be fascinating in terms of the numbers of older swimming who find themselves contenders, a picture in which there is only one 27 and older swimmer back in Olympic waters who is a serious title contender without having ever made a podium at previous Games from youth to what has been traditionally viewed as ‘peak performance years’ in swimming.

Barnabas Mandi

Craig,
4th place is not so far from the podium. Rio will be her 4th OGs, and she won her first 3 medals in LC Worlds -1 Gold, 2 Bronze- back in 2009 as you also know. The present hadn’t come from nowhere.

Rafael

Aswimfan after last night I dont think Phelps was not tapered. He was pretty much tapered and that is not good for him with the 200im/100 fly double. Also he said he will do a 100 time trial today.

paolo rubbiani

@Rafael: why? Because Phelps has swum a 51 flat in 100 fly? But, in my opinion, this isn’t impossible for him also with a partial taper (or a failed full taper..). Last year he swam 50.45 in San Antonio…

Yes, we know: there are a lot of differences about nerves, rounds of races, competitors between last year Nats (without all the Us swimmers racing at Worlds and without semifinals) and this year OT, but only Bowman and Phelps know how the situation really is.

Obviously, I totally agree with Craig (and Alshammer) that one can still be world-class but age isn’t irrilevant and the approach (the schedule of races) must be really smart.
And I think this is true also for Phelps.

In other words, if Phelps wins 3 individual golds in Rio, I would be far, far more amazed than for his 5 individual golds in 2008 or for every other accomplishment he did in his impressive career.

Barnabas Mandi

Paolo,
Hagino, Cseh and perhaps LeClos (or Cseh) will win. No individual gold for the GOAT. Sorry.

Craig Lord

I think he has a good shot at getting one, Barnabas.

Craig Lord

Barnabas, I maintain the view that she is a swimmer totally transformed. Before the past Olympic cycle she showed no sign of being capable of doing what she has been doing, regardless of the 2009 results in shiny suit. Her profile is now unique, all of that built 2013 until now.

Barnabas Mandi

Craig,
I don’t mind if it was the 200IM πŸ™‚
I think Salo wasn’t the best decision. Perhaps only this one-(wo)man team is working.

Craig Lord

Yes. The question is why? Some answers but none that explain it all, so far, Barnabas.

Barnabas Mandi

I don’t know the exact answer (it’s multifactorial) but have some ideas.
1st, Let’s start somewhere far. Most of the Magyars are pessimistic. In everything. The everyday life, their job, possibilities, future etc. It has historical, political, economical, genetical(?) and other causes. It’s very difficult to do your best in anything when in your mind stands that you can’t. And the guys, friends(?), relatives around you tell that you can’t, I don’t believe it, it’s not true. That has been changing in a few person, fortunately. Some of us believes in her-himself, believes in the others around them. This is very important. You can’t achieve anything without this type of approach.

Craig Lord

Very nice Barnabas but KH has been in a different environment for very many years, dating back well before 2013 to a time when she was capable of winning a world title (in shiny suit but not a swimmer prone to negativity at that time) … but not capable of knocking out just about any Hungarian there ever was on all strokes, including Miss Egerszegi – so that can’t be it πŸ™‚

Barnabas Mandi

Craig
As I told, this was the first only. Its very difficult to write at the same time to you, to the Americans, to the Hungarians and to do some work. But this is summertime , so… Egerszegi was really good in IM and fly too, or Cseh is in the same, please don’t forget it. Or Darnyi in fly etc.

Craig Lord

Yes, Barnabas but it didn’t take any of them until they were 24-25-26 to show it. None of their careers were marked by the same kind of profile. Please spare yourself and save your energies πŸ™‚ I am aware of the whys that are obvious – I am yet to hear anything that explains the transformation of this swimmer in quite the way it is all unfolding – and I don’t believe you have what I would consider to be ‘new’ information that I hadn’t considered before (if you think you have, please start there). I look forward to the coach working with other talent (for that abounds in Hungary and beyond) and producing, from the same sort of work and attention, the same kind of result and constant world-class multi-moment, multi-event efforts, in-season, peak-times, the lot. I look forward to many coaches and programs learning from this model and embracing it to produce the same kind of results (for that is what does indeed happen in sport if there is good reason to do so) – but I’m not holding my breath πŸ™‚

Barnabas Mandi

Craig,
I’m 52 and it’s said -you can imagine by whom – this’s my best shape (not what I would say but) good to hear it, dosn’t bother really if it was true or not.
You are right, I have only feelings and nothing else. You are the expert, I’m only a fan. But I try to explain the happenings. For my family, for my children and for myself. And not only about her. The Europeans was in Debrecen, 2012. We were there. You can imagine.
Cseh is in his best form in all the distances iof the flies. And his IM prelims time in London was better than the winner’s in in final (by 0.01).
And yes, I’m saving my energies, and go fishing next week with my friends. It’s also water-sport πŸ™‚

Craig Lord

πŸ™‚ – we are of similar age, Barnabas – and in swimming terms, I’ve been a lot sharper and capable of a great deal more ‘punishment’ πŸ™‚ Enjoy the fishing πŸ™‚

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