Michael Phelps withdraws from 2012 London Olympics 200-meter freestyle, to compete in 7 events only

By on Jul 3, 2012 in Sports, United States Comments

American swimmer Michael Phelps withdrew himself from competing in the 200-meter freestyle, one of the seven swimming events in the upcoming 2012 London Olympics, which means he will only be eyeing for seven gold medals this time around.

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As noted at LA Times on Monday, July 2, 2012, Michael Phelps will only compete for the 100 and 200 butterfly, the 200 and 400 individual medleys, and three relay events in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, as suggested to him by his coach Bob Bowman.

According to the report, Phelps, 27, who won the hearts of millions after winning eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games, said he had no second thoughts about withdrawing from one of the Olympic events and that he has no plans of re-creating what happened in the last Olympics.

“We won’t hear the number ‘eight’ again after this press conference. I felt like the program was too big. It would be illogical to expect him to do that program again, with less preparation,” Bowman was quoted in the report, noting that Phelps‘ training was ‘so much different than Beijing‘.

“It would be illogical to expect him to do that program again, with less preparation,” Bowman added, with the decision finalized on Sunday after the 100 butterfly final Olympics trial, and Phelps notably agreeing with Bowman‘s suggestion without any hesitation.

Meanwhile, Ricky Berens, who finished third in the event during the Olympics trials, will replace Phelps in the 200-meter freestyle in the 2012 London Olympics, and learned the news via Twitter. He thanked everyone for their support, right after confirming the news.

“Just announced to the 2012 Olympic team! And finally got to sign the telephone booth with all the other members! So stoked! Been a crazy day for me but can’t wait for London!” Ricky Berens (@RickyBerens) tweeted later.

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