Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Phelps Will Swim for Eight Medals Again Wins 100-Meter Butterfly for Five Individual Events; Franklin, 17, Also Will Be Busy

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Phelps Will Swim for Eight Medals Again Wins 100-Meter Butterfly for Five Individual Events; Franklin, 17, Also Will Be Busy

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Michael Phelps' Olympic program is set. He will 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 in Omaha, Neb., 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 in 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 usually doesn't in major competitions, just missed adding another race to his already busy program. He was third, 0.33 seconds 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.

In an ominous sign for his rivals, Phelps isn't happy with just winning. He's still looking for the perfect race.

"That was a pretty crappy first 50 and a pretty terrible finish," Phelps said. "I should have taken another stroke. It felt OK. It didn't feel great, didn't feel terrible.

"It's done, we're done."

Well, not quite.

The races that really matter are still to come in London.

Franklin's star is still on the rise.

This 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 1.5 seconds ahead of runner-up Elizabeth Beisel, who secured the second spot in London at 2:07.58.

Franklin, 17, already had earned spots in the 100 and 200 freestyle and 100 back. …

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