Michael Phelps entered in 5 events at Olympic Trials; Ryan Lochte in 400m IM

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Michael Phelps is entered in five events, and Ryan Lochte is entered in the 400m individual medley, at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials that start Sunday in Omaha.

Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky are entered in four and six events, respectively.

Entry lists were published Wednesday. Swimmers can of course scratch out of events they entered, but they cannot enter events for which they are not named on those lists. The NBC broadcast and daily schedule is here.

Phelps is entered in his three signature individual events — 100m and 200m butterflies and 200m individual medley — and the 100m freestyle and 200m freestyle.

Phelps is not believed to have designs on trying to make the Olympic team in the individual 100m or 200m free (by finishing top two in the Trials final). Rather, it’s believed he wants to be included on the 4x100m and 4x200m free relays at a fourth straight Olympics.

Phelps doesn’t have to swim the 100m or 200m free at Trials to be eligible for the relay pools. However, a strong time at Trials (even if in the preliminary heats) would boost his case to be selected for the 4x100m and 4x200m free in Rio, should he make the team individually in any event.

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Lochte is also entered in the Trials 100m free, likely with the same relay-only hopes as Phelps. But the bigger news is that Lochte is entered in the 400m IM, the individual event he won at the London Games.

Lochte has been coy for months about whether he would race the grueling 400m IM at Trials. He hasn’t raced it at a U.S. Nationals or internationally since the London Games.

In fact, Lochte swam it once in an Olympic-sized pool in 2013 and 2014 combined. But he swam it at two domestic meets each in 2015 and 2016, ranking second in the U.S. this year and leading many to predict that he would enter it at the Olympic Trials.

“If you win it at the Olympics, you have to swim it at the next Trials,” Phelps joked in January, alluding to his own late decision to re-add the 400m IM in 2012. Phelps finished second to Lochte in the 400m IM at those Olympic Trials and then a disappointing fourth at the London Games.

Lochte’s events are the 100m and 200m frees, 200m backstroke, 100m butterfly and 200m and 400m IMs.

Also at these Trials, Franklin is entered in the 100m and 200m backstrokes and 100m and 200m freestyles.

Ledecky is entered in the 50m, 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m freestyles and the 400m individual medley, though the 400m IM may be merely a warm-up swim on the first day of competition for the freestyle star.

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South Korea’s first gold medalist of 2018 PyeongChang Olympics to compete for China

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Lim Hyo-Jun, a short track speed skater who won South Korea’s first gold medal of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, has been cleared to skate for China and was reportedly named to the national team Monday.

Lim, who won the 1500m on the first day of medal competition at the PyeongChang Games, began the process of switching to China after a June 2019 incident where he pulled down a teammate’s trousers, leaving him standing, exposed, in front of female teammates.

Lim, the 2019 World overall champion, was banned from the team for a year and later found guilty of sexual harassment before the verdict was overturned on appeal.

It was reported in March 2021 that Lim was in the process of trying to gain Chinese nationality to compete at the Beijing Winter Olympics, but Lim was not cleared to switch by the International Skating Union until this July. His Chinese name is Lin Xiaojun.

Another star South Korean skater, triple 2006 Olympic gold medalist Ahn Hyun-Soo, switched to Russia after not making the 2010 Olympic team. He then won three golds for the host nation as Viktor Ahn at the 2014 Sochi Games.

China’s national team for the upcoming season reportedly does not include veterans Wu Dajing, the nation’s lone gold medalist across all sports at the 2018 Olympics, and Fan Kexin, a three-time Olympic medalist.

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Brigid Kosgei, world record holder, to miss London Marathon

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World record holder Brigid Kosgei withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon due to a right hamstring injury that has bothered her for the last month.

“My training has been up and down and not the way I would like to prepare to be in top condition,” was posted on Kosgei’s social media. “We’ve decided it’s best I withdraw from this year’s race and get further treatment on my injuries in order to enter 2023 stronger than ever.”

Kosgei, a 28-year-old Kenyan mother of twins, shattered the world record by 81 seconds at the 2019 Chicago Marathon. She clocked 2:14:04 to smash Brit Paula Radcliffe‘s record from 2003.

Since, Kosgei won the 2020 London Marathon, took silver at the Tokyo Olympics, placed fourth at the 2021 London Marathon and won this past March’s Tokyo Marathon in what was then the third-fastest time in history (2:16:02).

Ethiopian Tigist Assefa moved into the top three by winning the Berlin Marathon last Sunday in 2:15:37.

The London Marathon women’s field includes Kenyan Joyciline Jepkosgei, a winner in New York City (2019) and London (2021), and Yalemzerf Yehualaw, who was the Ethiopian record holder until Assefa won in Berlin.

The men’s field is headlined by Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, the second-fastest male marathoner in history, and Brit Mo Farah, a four-time Olympic champion on the track.

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