Michael Phelps: Bold Predictions for Final Races

Luis BatlleContributor IAugust 2, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 01:  Michael Phelps of the United States look on after he competed in the first semifinal heat of the Men's 200m Individual Medleyon Day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 1, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
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The hype surrounding Ryan Lochte has now died down, and once again Michael Phelps enters the media frenzy.

Arguably the greatest swimmer ever, Phelps is now at 19 medals for his career and has been racing well at these 2012 London Olympics. However, he might just have another gear left in him at his final Games.

Phelps officially has three races left, two of which will be done individually and one with his USA teammates. He has not performed as well as he knows he can, so Phelps will be driven to grab more medals as the Games progress.

These are the three races and predictions for how Phelps will finish in each one.


Men's 200-meter individual medley: Phelps Wins Silver, Lochte Wins Gold

Ryan Lochte has been nonexistent since his gold-medal victory to open up the Olympic Games.

Lochte cruised through the competition in the 400-meter individual medley and has dominated the 200-meter race in the qualification and semifinal rounds. In each one, Lochte posted a first-place finish, as it is clear he will take the gold in the event.

Meanwhile, Phelps has also been impressive in this particular contest. His time was good for second in the qualification and semifinal rounds.

Yet it was clear Lochte was the more prolific swimmer at this distance. As a result, he will come away with gold in the final.


Men's 100-meter butterfly: Phelps Wins Gold

This race might as well be renamed the "The Michael Phelps Showcase." His time of 50.58 seconds in the 2008 Beijing Games was good for an Olympic record and a gold medal.

And the best part is, he hasn't lost his touch in the butterfly. He finished second in the 200-meter butterfly but was first in both the qualification and semifinal rounds.

It is clear he will set the bar in London. Make no mistake about it, Phelps is taking home another gold at these Games.


Men's 4x100-meter medley relay: USA and Phelps Win Gold

After a come-from-behind win for Team France in the 4x100-meter freestyle, Team USA has to be thinking gold in this next competition.

The United States come off a first-place finish in the 4x200-meter freestyle and are riding momentum heading into this bout.

In the race they lost, Phelps was not the anchor—Lochte was. If the head coach knows what is best for this team, he will make the change, and Phelps will bring the troops home. If the change is made, as it was in the U.S.'s gold-medal win, expect Phelps to reel in another gold in London.