Phelps, Franklin and Ledecky to defend Olympic titles in Rio
Michael Phelps qualified to defend his 100m butterfly 2012 Olympic gold medal at the Rio Games by finishing first in a time of 51.00 seconds at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials from Omaha, Nebraska on Saturday.
Joining Phelps should be Tom Shields, just as in the 200m butterfly, who finished second to Phelps in 51.20.
Phelps can become the first and only swimmer to win four consecutive gold medals in the same event (he also has this chance in the 200m individual medley, but will have to go through Ryan Lochte to get there).
Also at Trials, Maya DiRado and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin finished first and second, respectively, to earn individual berths to the Rio Olympics.
DiRado raced to two minutes, 6.90 seconds and Franklin finished in 2:07.89.
Franklin holds the world and American record, set at the 2012 Olympic Games at 2:04.06.
Elizabeth Beisel, the 2012 bronze medalist in the event, finished seventh with 2:11.12. Beisel was hospitalized with a stomach bug before competing at the Trials but was able to qualify for Rio in the 400m individual medley on the first night. A few days later, in the warm up pool, she collided with another swimmer and broke a bone in her pinky and tore a ligament. She got a shot to manage the pain but it wore off; she competed anyway.