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Over the next two days, the U.S. men's swim team will compete for medals in four different events—the 200m IM, 200m backstroke, 100m butterfly and 50m freestyle. In all events but the 50 free, either Michael Phelps or Ryan Lochte is favored to take gold.
The 200 IM final will take place tomorrow night. In the semifinal, Lochte and Phelps finished first and third overall respectively. In what is perhaps the most grueling event in swimming, the two will battle it out for gold. Nevertheless, the U.S. will be adding to its medal count after the 200 IM final.
Lochte and fellow American Tyler Clary will be competing in the 200 backstroke final which is also tomorrow night in London. Clary finished first in the semifinal with a time of 1:54.71—ahead of Lochte's 1:55.40. Expect both Americans to be on the podium at the end of this event.
The butterfly is Phelps' most dominant stroke and he will prove it when he swims the qualifying heat, semifinal and final of the 100 backstroke over the next two days. Teammate Tyler McGill will also be competing in this event. In 2008, Phelps edged out Serbian Milorad Cavic by 0.01 seconds to take gold. Cavic will probably make the final in London, setting up a potentially epic rematch.
The 50 freestyle is one of the few events in which neither Phelps nor Lochte will be competing. Instead, American Cullen Jones is expected to contend for a medal. Jones won this event at the U.S. Olympic Trials.
Expect the U.S. men to win a plethora of medals in swimming over the next few days.