IRVINE, Calif. — Michael Phelps qualified for the 200m individual medley final at the U.S. Championships on Sunday, setting up his fourth and last attempt to win his first title of the meet.
Phelps, the three-time Olympic champion in the 200m IM, won his preliminary heat in 1:58.74. It was the fourth-fastest time over all prelim heats.
He will face a field including Ryan Lochte in the final Sunday at 9:50 p.m. ET. NBCSN will have coverage from 11 p.m.-midnight.
Phelps previously finished seventh in the 100m freestyle, second in the 100m butterfly and sixth in the 100m backstroke this week.
He has qualified for the year’s major international meet, the Pan Pacific Championships, where he can enter any individual event he wants.
The Pan Pacific Championships are in Gold Coast, Australia, from Aug. 21-24.
Also Sunday, 12-time Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin qualified sixth for the 50m freestyle final, which will be her last chance to make the Pan Pacs team.
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Pyeongchang Olympic organizers published a promotional video Friday highlighting the South Korean host’s venues and its slogan, “Passion. Connected.”
The video highlights South Korea’s history of hosting major sports events — the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, the 2002 FIFA World Cup across Japan and South Korea and the 2011 World Track and Field Championships in Daegu — which was also a point during its host city candidacy several years ago.
Pyeongchang finally earned the right to host the Olympics after finishing second in voting for the 2010 Winter Games (losing by three votes) and the 2014 Winter Games (losing by four votes).
The Opening Ceremony on Feb. 9, 2018, will mark the first Winter Games in East Asia in 20 years.
The slogan was announced on May 16, 2015.
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Mack Horton, the Olympic 400m freestyle champion, said he had a mole on his chest removed after a fan emailed his Australian swim team doctor alerting to get it checked out.
Horton said he believed the concerned fan may have been a skin specialist, according to the (Melbourne) Herald Sun.
“I’ve been watching this mole for a little while, Mack should probably go and get it checked out,” Horton said the fan said in an email to the doctor, according to the report. “They just looked at it [Thursday] and said let’s take it out now.
“They checked my whole body and then looked at this one and said we’d rather do it sooner rather than later.”
Horton joked on Australian TV that he probably owes the fan a free swim lesson.
“Sometimes I was blasé and sometimes I’d see it in the mirror and say, ‘I probably should get this one checked out,’ because I had noticed it had been changing a little bit, but I guess this person calling me out on it made me finally go and do it, which was a good thing,” Horton said, according to the newspaper.
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