By Julian Linden | Reuters –
OMAHA, Nebraska (Reuters) – Michael Phelps finished off his preparations for his Olympic swan song in emphatic style on Sunday when he qualified for a fifth individual event on the penultimate night of competition at the U.S. Trials.
The 14-times Olympic gold medallist, still showing no signs of weariness after a draining week of high-pressure racing, powered home over the last lap to win the 100 meters butterfly final in 51.14 seconds.
It was the 27-year-old’s fourth consecutive win of the trials after he finished second to Ryan Lochte in the 400m medley final on Monday and ensured he would contest his usual heavy eight-event schedule in London, with the addition of the three relays.
“It was a fun week but there are still a lot of things that need to be perfected,” Phelps said.
“It shows that I can do it in a program at a high level again. I was struggling over the last few years.”
Lochte sliced half a second off his