200-meter Individual Medley (Event Final—3:16 p.m.)
The Phelps-Lochte rivalry first began to take shape when Lochte beat Phelps in this event at the 2011 World Championships, breaking his own world record in the process.
Phelps got some small measure of revenge at U.S. Trials in Omaha last week when he nipped Lochte at the wall.
That sets the stage for the second and final showdown between these two aquatic titans, a race that—if Trials were any indication—should come down to the final stroke.
Prediction: Phelps takes gold.
In what should be a thrilling affair, I like Phelps for two reasons:
1. He has a preternatural ability to out-touch opponents at the wall.
2. He should have a little more spring in his legs compared to Lochte, who will be fresh off a final in the 200 back.
100-meter Butterfly (Preliminary Heat and Semifinal—(6:21 a.m. and 3:51 p.m.)
Though his focus will be on Ryan Lochte and the 200 IM event final, Phelps will also have to take care of early-round business in the 100 fly.
Lucky for Phelps, this is probably his least taxing individual event.
It's one lap. It's his best stroke. It should be easy.
Prediction: Phelps advances.
The greatest fly swimmer in history will be among the eight best qualifiers in London.