OMAHA, Neb. – Michael Phelps’ Olympic program is set. He’ll be going for another eight gold medals in London.
And get ready to see a lot of Missy Franklin. She’ll be busy, too.
Phelps wrapped up another stellar week at the U.S. trials Sunday night, rallying to win the 100-meter butterfly and secure his spot in five individual races at the Olympics.
Phelps was slow off the blocks and made the turn in sixth place. But he caught Tyler McGill on the return lap and surged to the wall to win 51.14 seconds, well off his world-record pace (49.82) but fastest in the world this year.
McGill hung on for the second Olympic spot in 51.32. Ryan Lochte, swimming an event he normally doesn’t in major competitions, just missed adding another race to his already busy program. He was third, 33-hundreths behind McGill.
Phelps, who won an Olympic-record eight golds at the 2008 Beijing Games, is set to swim the same events in London: the 100 and 200 fly, the 200 and 400 individual medley and the 200 freestyle, as well as all three relays.
Franklin, a high school senior-to-be, locked up her fourth individual event with a dominating win in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:06.12 seconds, fastest in the world this year and nearly 1 1/2 seconds ahead of runner-up Elizabeth Beisel, who secured the second spot in London at 2:07.58.
The 17-year-old Franklin had already earned spots in the 100 and 200 freestyle and 100 back. She’s also expected to swim on all three relays.
I can’t believe I have seven events, she said. It’s so overwhelming but so exciting. The whole week went really, really well.
Franklin is the defending world champion in the 200 back, her best event.
GYMNASTICS: In San Jose, Calif., Gabby Douglas, 16, upset world champion Jordyn Wieber to win the Olympic trials.
Douglas locked up the lone guaranteed spot available by winning the trials . Wieber, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross were then chosen by a three-person committee headed by Martha Karolyi.
Sam Mikulak, Jake Dalton and Jonathan Horton were named to the U.S. men’s team. They will join trials winner Danell Leyva and national champion John Orozco in London on a team expected to challenge longtime powers Japan and China for team gold.
JAMACIAN TRIALS: In Kingston, Jamaica, Yohan Blake made it 2 for 2 against Usain Bolt, winning the 200 meters at the Jamaican Olympic trials in 19.80 seconds to edge the world-record holder by 0.03 second.
The win came two days after Blake, the reigning world 100 champion, beat Bolt in the 100 by running a 9.75.