Michael Phelps to swim grueling 400-meter IM at this week's Pan Pacific championships
Posted Aug 17 2010 7:00am
It could easily be argued that the 400-meter individual medley is one of swimming most grueling events.
Not since the 2008 Olympics games has 8 time gold medalist and world record holder Michael Phelps swam the event in competition...but that's all going to change this weekend at the Pan Pacific championships.
"I said the door wasn't completely closed," said Phelps. "I decided
why not give it a shot. I really don't have anything to lose."
"The five-day meet featuring the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan,
Brazil, China, South Africa and other non-European countries begins
Phelps' absence in the event opened the door for U.S.
teammate Ryan Lochte to move out of his long shadow. Lochte won the race
featuring all four strokes at last year's world championships, where he
also won the 200 IM. But he didn't touch Phelps' world record of 4
minutes, 3.84 seconds in the longer race."
"His challenge is to get into the final," said Phelp's coach Bob Bowman said.
"He likes to go kind of easy in the morning and he can't do that."
It's a great opportunity for me to see where I stand. I don't think I'm
in the best shape to swim that race," Phelps added. "I had a nightmare
about the IM. I couldn't swim the first 50 (meters) of breaststroke.
Hopefully, that dream doesn't become reality."