GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) â€” Michael Phelps overhauled U.S. teammate Ryan Lochte late in their preliminary heat Sunday, qualifying for the 200 medley final at the Pan Pacific championships at the expense of his friend and long-time rival.
With only two swimmers per country eligible for the finals, Phelps and Lochte â€” swimming in adjacent lanes â€” needed to beat the 1 minute, 58.70 that Tyler Clary clocked in the previous heat.
Pulling the most out of his final strokes, Phelps just overhauled Lochte to finish in 1:58.95. Lochte, who holds the world record and who beat Phelps at the U.S. nationals earlier this month, finished in 1:59.09. He can still qualify for the U.S. world championships team depending on times in the B final. Japan’s Kosuke Hagino led qualifiers in 1:57.61.