Michael Phelps ready for individual events at world championships
Michael Phelps is in China this week, competing at the world swimming championships. The first individual event for Michael Phelps will be the 200-meter freestyle race Tuesday night.
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Having been handed "a pretty good beatdown" by the German in the 200-meter freestyle two years ago in Rome, Phelps gets a long-awaited chance at revenge in the world championships.
Biedermann trounced Phelps and took away his world record in Rome, where everyone was wearing the high-tech bodysuits that are now banned.
This time, it should be a fair fight.
Phelps and Biedermann won't be going one-on-one, though. They'll be joined by what Phelps described as "a studly field" in Tuesday night's final at the Oriental Sports Center.
"It's going to be down to the last 50 (meters)," Phelps said. "There are some guys that have front-half speed and some guys that close extremely well. You can probably guarantee that it's going to be a tight group."
Lochte didn't swim the 200 free in Rome, but he figures to be a major presence this time.
"It's going to be definitely a dogfight," he said, noting that he and Phelps will swim next to each other.
"I'm going to kind of move over to the lane line and draft off him. Hopefully we can put something together and pull out a 1-2 race."
Biedermann predicted the final will be "big pressure."
The Americans earned their first gold medal on Monday, with Dana Vollmer winning the 100 butterfly in 56.87 seconds.
No world records have been set in the first two days of the meet, with everyone wearing textile suits.
He let out a yell after touching in 23.10, then took off his goggles and cap and began sobbing while hanging on the lane rope for several seconds.
"Very happy, very relieved," Cielo said.
He cried again during the awards ceremony, and the Chinese fans responded with loud applause.
"I'm an emotional man. My life and career are of great passions," Cielo said. "The gold means a lot to me, and it's very hard to get it."
Dale Oen led from start to finish to take gold in the 100 breaststroke, then pointed to the Norwegian flag on his cap in honor of the people killed during the twin attacks in his country.
"In a time like this for Norway, we need to be together, to be one," he said. "I hope my results here can bring back some confidences and I will go back to help them after the championships."
In the 50 fly, Aussie Matthew Targett took the silver in 23.28 and his 32-year-old teammate Geoff Huegill earned the bronze in 23.35.