Michael Phelps becomes first male swimmer to qualify for 5 Olympics

Michael Phelps becomes first male swimmer to qualify for 5 Olympics

Michael Phelps becomes first male swimmer to qualify for 5 Olympics

Written by Staff Writer

30 Jun, 2016 | 5:59 pm

Michael Phelps is officially on his way to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, becoming the first American male swimmer to qualify for five Olympics, according to the United States Olympic team’s Twitter feed.

Phelps, who has 22 Olympic medals to his name, clocked a time of one minute 54.84 seconds to take first place in the final of the 200 meter butterfly at the U.S. swimming trials in Omaha, Nebraska. In doing so, Phelps became the first man to make a fifth U.S. Olympic swimming team.

Phelps already owns the most overall medals (22) and most gold medals (18) of any Olympian in history.

He’ll compete in two more events at the U.S. trials: the 200-meter individual medley and 100-meter butterfly. Depending on his performance in those events and his possible inclusion on any U.S. relay teams, Phelps could add six more medals in Rio to his already historic haul.

 

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