Who can opposition Michael Phelps?

Michael Phelps, a many flashy Olympian of all time with 22 bullion medals travelling his 4 before Olympic appearances, will float 3 particular events during a 2016 Rio Games. Though unequaled on a award table, swimmers around a universe have been shutting a opening on his prevalence of a 100m and 200m butterfly, and a 200m particular medley.

He has a intensity of adding adult to 3 relays during a coaches’ discretion. Historically, Phelps has participated in all of a relays: a 4x100m medley, 4x100m freestyle and a 4x200m freestyle relays.

Let’s inspect where Phelps stands in any particular eventuality as he looks to rise a lectern during his final Olympics.

200m moth

Phelps’ Olympic story in a event: Phelps won bullion medals in 2004 and 2008, though was kick out by South Africa’s Chad le Clos by 0.05 seconds during a 2012 Games. Takeshi Matsuda warranted a bronze.

2015 World Championships: Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh and le Clos won bullion and silver, respectively, in a Phelps-less field. Phelps was portion a residue of his USA Swimming-mandated DUI cessation and competed instead during Nationals, posting a fastest times in a universe for 2015 in a event. The U.S.’ Tom Shields, who will also float a eventuality in Rio, was eighth.

World record: Phelps, 1:51.51, set during a 2009 World Championships

2016 tip times: Cseh owns a world’s fastest time so distant this year: He posted one minute, 52.91 seconds during a European Championships. Japan’s Daiya Seto (1:54.14) and Masato Sakai (1:54.21) lay in second and third, respectively, with le Clos (1:54.42) in fourth. Tamas Kenderesi of Hungary is No. 5 in a rankings with 1:54.79. Phelps’ 1:54.84, posted during a U.S. Olympic Trials, is good adequate for sixth.

Olympic Trials: Phelps looking to be ‘a small bit faster’

2008: Phelps wins 200m fly bullion with water-filled goggles

200m particular medley

Phelps’ Olympic story in a event: Michael Phelps owns 3 uninterrupted bullion medals in a eventuality (2004, 2008 and 2012) and could turn a first-ever swimmer to four-peat in an event. Ryan Lochte has consistently finished on a lectern with him and owns a prior 4 World titles and a universe record. Cseh and Brazil’s Thiago Pereira have also been in a brew on a Olympic stage.

2015 World Championships: Lochte won his fourth uninterrupted World pretension during a 2015 book of a event. Pereira claimed a silver, followed by China’s Wang Shun for bronze.

World record: Lochte, 1:54.00, set during a 2011 World Championships

2016 tip times: Japan’s Kosuke Hagino, who missed Worlds in 2015 with a damaged elbow, posted a tip time in a universe for 2016 during a foe in Japan in April: 1:55.07. Phelps and Lochte are second and third, respectively, with both of their times from Trials. Pereira is now ranked No. 5 and Cseh is No. 11.

Olympic Trials: Last U.S. 200m IM conflict for Phelps, Lochte

100m butterfly

Phelps’ Olympic story in a event: Phelps owns 3 uninterrupted Olympic golds in a eventuality (2004, 2008 and 2012) and could turn a first-ever swimmer to four-peat in an event. He’s won bullion in a eventuality 3 times by a total domain of 0.28 seconds. Phelps got punish on le Clos during a 2012 Olympics, commanding le Clos for bullion after a 200m moth lectern shakeup.

World record: Phelps, 49.82, set during a 2009 World Championships

2015 World Championships: Cseh and le Clos took bullion and silver, respectively, forward of Poland’s Jan Switkowski. Shields, who will also float a eventuality in Rio, was fourth. Phelps raced during Nationals instead of Worlds, and posted a fastest time on a universe for 2015.

2016 tip times: Cseh owns a tip time in a universe entering Rio, 50.86 seconds, followed by Phelps’ 51.00 posted during Trials. Shields sits in third with his Trials time of 51.20. Three other U.S. group are also inside a tip 10 – Seth Stubblefield, Jack Conger and Tim Phillips – though usually a tip dual allege from Trials to a Olympics.

Beijing 2008: Michael Phelps wins 100m moth bullion by .01

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