Phelps Goes Out on Top in Final US Race, Winning 100 Fly
Michael Phelps wasn't about to lose his last race in the United States.
With his gangly arms cutting through the water, Phelps dazzled the home fans one last time.
Phelps made it three-for-three at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, rallying on the return lap to win the 100-meter butterfly Saturday night.
In what was billed as the farewell race in his home country, Phelps competed in lane seven after a sluggish swim in the semifinals. As usual, it took him a lap to really get going, making the turn in fourth place.
But Phelps powered to the front, as he's done so many times.
Even with a long glide to the wall, he finished in 51.00 seconds.
When Phelps saw the "1'' beside his name, he pounded the water and pointed toward his family — including 7-week-old son Boomer — up in the stands. He'll now get a chance to win his fourth straight gold in the 100 fly at Rio.
When his longtime coach, Bob Bowman, asked for a game plan before the race, Phelps kept it simple.
"I don't want to lose my last race on American soil," he said.
Phelps is planning to retire — for the second time — as soon as his fifth Olympics are over. At age 31, he cruised through Omaha with victories in both butterfly races as well as the 200 individual medley.