OMAHA, NEBRASKA (TICKER) —Michael Phelps and Katie Hoff continued their dominance at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials on Saturday night.
Phelps rallied to defeat world record holder Ian Crocker to capture the 100-meter butterfly in 50.89, putting him in position to eclipse Mark Spitz’s record haul of seven gold medals next month in Beijing.
The defending Olympic and world champ in the 100 butterfly, Phelps won his fifth individual event of the trials by pulling away from Crocker, who finished second in 51.62 - more than a second of his world-best 50.40.
Phelps will compete in eight events in Beijing.
“I’m only halfway done,” Phelps said. “It’s a week of competition that’s come to a close, and now we have a month to prepare for the Olympics. Hopefully we can come back in another month and prove the U.S. is the best team in the world.”