Rio Olympics 2016: Michael Phelps expected to swim in 4x100m relay final – CBS sports.com (blog)
Michael Phelps was a part of one of the most memorable relays in Olympic swimming history in 2008. He’ll try for a similar result at the 2016 Rio Games.
According to the AP, Phelps is expected to swim in the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay Sunday night, even though he did not compete in any freestyle events at the U.S. trials or in the preliminaries in Rio.
Phelps has been a part of the relay team since 2004 and hopes to get revenge after losing to France in 2012.
“That’s something I’ve had the privilege to be a part of since 2004, and I’m hoping to have the opportunity again,” Phelps said of swimming the relay. “It’s always super-fast and there are always some wild, crazy splits that take place.”
Jimmy Feigen, Ryan Held, Blake Pieroni and Anthony Ervin qualified second for the U.S. on Sunday afternoon, just behind Russia and ahead of Australia.
Only one of those swimmers will likely swim in the final.
It’s common for the athletes who swim in the relay finals to skip preliminary races. Along with Phelps, both Nathan Adrian and Caleb Dressel — expected to swim in the relay final — also skipped the preliminary. That leaves one spot for Feigen, Held, Pieroni or Ervin.
U.S. swimming coach Bob Bowman is expected to announce his decision later Sunday.
Check out Phelps’ full schedule for the Rio Olympics.
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