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    Figure of eight for Phelps ahead of Games 

    Jul 2, 2012

    MICHAEL Phelps won the 100-meter butterfly in the US Olympic trials on Monday (Manila time) to secure his place in five individual races and set the stage for a likely eight-race program in the London Games.

    The 27-year-old Phelps, who won eight Olympic gold medals in Beijing, finished in 51.14 seconds in Omaha for the quickest 100m fly this year but well off his world-record time of 49.82.

    Phelps is set to swim the 100m and 200m fly, the 200m and 400m individual medley and the 200m freestyle aside from relay races in London.

    Missy Franklin, meanwhile, is expected to race seven events after locking up spots in four individual races in London.

    Franklin ruled the 200m backstroke in a year’s best 2:06.12, beating Elizabeth Beisel, who also secured an Olympic berth with a 2:07.58 clocking.

    Also in Franklin’s program is the 100m and 200m freestyle as well as the 100m back.

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