Phelps, Lochte add chapter to rivalry, Clary closes book

Fri Jul 1, 2016 11:42pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

OMAHA, Nebraska (Reuters) - Michael Phelps outdueled Ryan Lochte to win the 200 meters individual medley at the U.S. Olympic trials on Friday while Katie Ledecky suffered her first setback on the road to the Rio Games.

While Phelps and Lochte's breathtaking showdown added another thrilling chapter to their great rivalry, Tyler Clary closed the book on his career after a third place in 200 backstroke ended his hopes of defending the gold medal he won at the 2012 London Games.

"I don't see any reason to continue," said Clary. "I'm looking forward to turning the page and starting a new chapter."

Ledecky, 19, had dominated the women's freestyle events but finished seventh in the 100, which was won by Abbey Weitzeil in 53.28 seconds.

Having already collected wins in the 200 and 400, Ledecky's transformation from distance diva to speed queen hit a bump, denting her hopes of landing a spot on one of the U.S. relay teams.

The top six finishers are all placed in the U.S. relay pool.

"Got seventh, that's what happened," shrugged Ledecky. "Kelsi (Worrell) was eighth and we're both already on the team so if they want us in the relay, they can put us in if somebody get sick, we'll be there."

Ledecky was much more impressive in her 800 morning heats, where the world record holder and Olympic champion was the top qualifier after clocking the third best time ever in the event of 8:10.91.   Continued...

Jul 1, 2016; Omaha, NE, USA; Michael Phelps (right) and Ryan Lochte celebrate after winning the mens 200 meter individual medley final in the U.S. Olympic swimming team trials at CenturyLink Center. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports