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Victorious Phelps has ‘room to improve’ says coach

By Agence France-Presse
Friday, March 30, 2012 7:35 EDT
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Michael Phelps won the 100m butterfly and was runner-up in the100m freestyle at the Indianapolis Grand Prix, but the Olympic swim star did not impress coach Bob Bowman.

Nathan Adrian managed to ignore his torn swimsuit to hold off hard-charging Phelps in the 100m free final, winning in 48.62sec. Phelps was second in 48.74.

Phelps bounced back with his 100m fly victory in 52.23, but Bowman said the 14-time Olympic gold medallist was not paying enough attention to the details.

Bowman said Phelps’s seventh-fastest qualifying time in the freestyle was due to lack of mental preparation.

And he was unhappy with Phelps’s glide to the finish in the fly final, ahead of Poland’s Marcin Tarczynski (52.92).

“I can’t stand those finishes like that. He’s got to start making that important,” Bowman said. “We’re at a point now where the details are important and you can’t just keep blowing them off till later. It is later.”

Phelps, who reigned over the Beijing Olympic pool with an unprecedented eight gold medals and plans to end his Olympic career in London this year, acknowledged his fly final left much to be desired.

“It was a slow first 50, a terrible turn and a terrible finish,” he said. “I wanted to be under 52 (seconds), but those three things are a lot.”

Fans who had hoped to see two head-to-head duels between Phelps and Ryan Lochte on Thursday night were disappointed.

Lochte failed to make the championship finals in the 100m free and 100m fly.

His winning time in the 100m free consolation final of 49.46 would have made him fifth in the championship final.

In the 100m butterfly — not one of his specialties — he posted a career-best 52.32.

Lochte did not take questions, but said through a USA Swimming official that his preparations for June’s US Olympic trials were on course.

“It’s where I want to be at this point of the season,” he said.

In other races, reigning women’s 100m butterfly world champion Dana Vollmer snapped the meet record in 57.73. She also won the 100m free in 54.21, edging teen sensation Missy Franklin, who took second in 54.62.

In the women’s 200m breaststroke, Micah Lawrence delivered a lifetime best of 2min 24.85sec, moving into second in this year’s world rankings behind fellow American Rebecca Soni.

American Clark Burckle won the men’s 200m breaststroke in 2:10.56, slower than the personal best of 2:09.72 that he posted in the morning heats, which put him second on the season’s world list behind Andrew Willis’s 2:09.33 from the British Olympic Trials.

(image via Flickr Commons, (c) J D Lasica)

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