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Phelps Comes in Next-to-Last in 100 Free at US Nationals

Phelps Comes in Next-to-Last in 100 Free at US Nationals

We all know that Michael Phelps didn’t come in “next-to-last” in the 100 Free last night at US Nationals.  But, the media sure makes it out to be that way.

Was it a surprise that Phelps got 7th in Finals?  Yes, I believe it was.  He’s been swimming very well over the last 6 months at several different meets and had a Prelims back-half that was absolutely monstrous.

So what happened?  He had a bad race.  That’s all.  It happens to everyone — including the untouchable Michael Phelps.

Phelps claims he missed the first (and only) wall.  This is where Phelps has always shined — please refer to his Prelims swim for a better understanding.

With 6 other Olympians in the heat, missing the only turn was too much to overcome. But, does this eliminate Phelps from being a part of the 4×100 Freestyle Relay at Pan Pacs? If it’s the coaches decision, we highly doubt he’d be left off. SwimSwam made this fantastic point:

Phelps will also have a shot at the 100 Free individually as long as he qualifies for the Pan Pac team.