2012 Olympics: Michael Phelps wants „just' seven gold medals


American swimming legend Michael Phelps will not take part in the 200m freestyle at the Olympic Games and will instead focus on winning just seven gold medals. The American will most likely concentrate on two butterfly and two individual medley events as well as three relays. Michael Phelps is the most successful Olympian ever with 14 gold medals. He has won eight events in Beijing in 2008.

Most specialists expected him to target another eight golds in London, but coach Bob Bowman said: "No-one should be expected to do that twice. Once was enough."

Michael Phelps won the 200m freestyle in Beijing in 2008 but has never won again over that distance in the last two World Championships. The 200m freestyle spot in the US team will go to Ricky Berens, who finished third in the event at the trials behind Phelps and Ryan Lochte.

The Phelps and Lochte are developing an interesting rivalry and that is expected to be one of highlights of the Games. "Neither one of us wants to lose," said Phelps. "When we get in the water we race as hard as we can, whether we're playing cat and mouse by the end, we're going all out. They're fun, exciting races and Ryan has proved he's been the best over the past couple of years."

Lochte had something to say after the trials too, as he sounded a warning to Phelps: "I'm used to racing against him, I've been doing it for eight years now," he said. "In the past four years, I've gone a lot faster and I know what my body can handle. This meet was just stepping stones for what I really want to do in London."

Michael Phelps has won 14 Olympic golds and two bronzes, plus 24 golds, 6 silvers and one bronze in the World Championships. Ryan Lochte has three Olympic golds, one silver and two bronzes, plus 11 golds, two silvers and one bronze at the World Championships.

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