Michael Phelps slips past Ryan Locht in 200 trials (+videos)
Michael Phelps and Ryan Locht provided a sneak peak of what's sure to be an exciting rivalry at the London Summer Olympics.
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"I did exactly what I needed to do tonight and gave it my best. That's really all you can ask for," Coughlin said. "I have won two golds in that. I am very proud of what I've done in the 100 backstroke and it's time for Missy and Bootsma."
Thompson and Torres each have 12 medals, and the 45-year-old Torres is back trying to make one more Olympic team. She has entered only one event in Omaha and has yet to swim.
Coughlin is down to her last chance in 2012.
"It's not exactly what I was hoping for coming into this," she said. "I'm a little bummed, but not nearly as much as everyone is expecting me to be. You're walking around the pool deck and people are acting like you're dying or something. I have another shot to make the team in the 100 free, and I'm looking forward to that. For the rest of this season, I'm a freestyler."
In another final Wednesday, Breeja Larson pulled off a huge upset in the 100 breaststroke, beating Rebecca Soni and world-record holder Jessica Hardy. Soni rallied to get the second spot on the team, but Hardy finished third — about a half-second too slow to earn a spot in London. She was eager for redemption after missing out on the 2008 Olympics because of a failed doping test, which resulted in a one-year suspension.
Also, Matt Grevers captured the men's 100 backstroke with the second-fastest time ever, 52.08. Nick Thoman finished second in 52.86 to claim the second spot on the Olympic team.
Lochte said he went out too slow in the beginning of the 200 free, a mistake he intends to correct when he gets to London. Phelps' winning time was nearly 3 seconds slower than his gold-medal effort in Beijing, though that was aided by high-tech bodysuits, which have since been banned by the world governing body.
"We didn't really try to pick it up until, like, the last 75, so I'll save that for the Olympics," Lochte said. "I was just really relaxed for the first 125, and then the last 75, I was like, 'All right, now we've got to put it in gear.' So I kind of waited a little late, but I'll take it."
They'll have one more showdown in Omaha, facing off in the 200 individual medley. Then it's off to the meet that really matters, wherePhelps is plotting another eight-event program in what he says will be his final Olympics, giving him a chance to match his record performance four years ago.
Lochte is standing in the way this time.
"I love racing against him," the Floridian said. "It was really fun."
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