After vowing to stop swimming the grueling 400 IM (individual medley) event after the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Michael Phelps has decided to give it another go at the 2012 Olympic Trials, taking place June 25 through July 2 in Omaha, Neb.
The preliminary heats of the event, which involves two lengths of each stroke (in order: Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Freestyle) in a 50-m pool, start Monday morning (June 25). They won’t be on TV live, but they will start at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBC, with the finals starting at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
Phelps currently holds the world record in the 400 IM, 4:03:84, which he set at the Beijing Olympics four years ago. Should he advance out of the qualifying heats to the finals, Phelps will likely take on Ryan Lochte and Tyler Clary, who finished first and second, respectively, in the event at the 2011 world championships.
Lochte tells the AP he hopes to face Phelps in as many events as possible.
“He’s the world’s best swimmer ever. I love racing
against him. It’s fun. He’s one of the hardest racers in the world.
He’ll go toe-to-toe with you until the end. That’s excitement for me. I
really hope he does swim that,” says Lochte.