Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky recorded the same time in separate 400m freestyle preliminary heats at the Pro Swim Series at Mesa, Ariz., on Friday.
Phelps clocked 4:02.67 to finish fourth in his men’s preliminary heat and 17th overall, which would put him in a consolation final if he chooses to swim Friday night. The finals session is at 9 ET on Universal Sports.
Ledecky also swam a 400m free in 4:02.67, 9.2 seconds faster than anybody across the women’s heats. She owns the world record of 3:58.37.
Phelps last swam that long of a race at the London Games in the 400m individual medley. He last swam a 400m freestyle at the 2009 Santa Clara Grand Prix, when he clocked 3:48.05 to win while wearing a shoulders-to-ankles body suit that is now banned.
Phelps is not expected to swim any events longer than 200 meters at the 2016 Olympic trials. He could become the first U.S. men’s swimmer to compete in five Olympics.
Phelps also scratched out of the 100m backstroke Friday, the morning after he won the 100m butterfly, his first race final since August.
Phelps is scheduled for two events on the final day of competition Saturday.