Olympics 2012

Phelps settles for 7 in London

2012-07-02 19:36
Michael Phelps (File)

Omaha - Michael Phelps won't try to replicate his glittering eight-gold haul of 2008 at the London Olympics, coach Bob Bowman said on Monday.

Bowman announced on Twitter that Phelps wouldn't swim the 200m freestyle in London, although he won it over rival Ryan Lochte at the US Olympic swimming trials.

"Michael Phelps will be removing the individual 200 freestyle from his Olympic program," Bowman tweeted. "This will give him a full slate of 7 events.

"His change will allow him to focus more energy on relays for Team USA."

After winning an unprecedented eight golds in Beijing to take his tally of Olympic golds to 14, Phelps said he wouldn't swim eight events again.

But at the trials, which conclude on Monday night, he qualified in exactly the same eight events: the 100m and 200m butterfly, 200m freestyle and 200m and 400m individual medleys. He's expected to swim three relays.

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