Young guns have attention of Phelps at U.S. trials

Wed Jun 29, 2016 12:15am EDT
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By Steve Keating

OMAHA, Nebraska (Reuters) - The unheralded enjoyed the spotlight at the U.S. Olympic swim trials on Tuesday but it is back to the shadows as Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky prepare to take center stage at the U.S. Olympic swim trials.

Newcomers Townley Haas, Olivia Smoliga, Lilly King and Ryan Murphy all punched their tickets to the Rio Games at the expense of some familiar names with brilliant wins on a wild night at the CenturyLink Centre.

But business as usual is expected to resume on Wednesday with Phlelps gunning for a spot on a fifth Olympic team and Ledecky in blistering form.

Phelps signaled on Tuesday that he is ready for Rio with two controlled, dominating swims in the 200 meters butterfly.

After posting the top time in the morning preliminaries Phelps followed up with an equally impressive effort in the evening semi-finals, in the event he won in Athens and Beijing but surrendered to Chad le Clos at the 2012 London Olympics.

"I don't even know half of them," said Phelps about all the new faces that could be his Rio team mates. "I think it's good for the sport.

"I think it's interesting and also exciting just to have new faces who are really pumped up to come up into the sport.

"I think that's a good thing to see as I'm on my way out."   Continued...

Jun 28, 2016; Omaha, NE, USA; Michael Phelps swims during the men's butterfly 200m preliminary heats in the U.S. Olympic swimming team trials at CenturyLink Center. Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports