Rio de Janeiro, Aug 11 (IANS) Michael Phelps described his rivalry with Ryan Lochte as “special” as the US teammates prepare to go head-to-head in another Olympic swimming final on Thursday.

Phelps qualified fastest for the 200m individual medley decider with a time of 1 minute 55.78 seconds in his semifinal at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on Wednesday, Xinhua news agency reported.

Lochte finished half a second behind him with Brazil’s Thiago Perreira third in 1:57.11.

“You know the history him and I have had with one another is something special and something I have never had in another competitor of mine. We have been racing for the last 12 years and having one more battle tomorrow, it will be fun,” Phelps said.

“I consider Ryan and I have probably grown closer as friends this year than we have in the past, so we will have one more time to hop in the pool and duke it out,” he added.

More Read: Phelps only a medal away from India’s Olympic tally

Phelps, the most decorated Olympian in history with 21 gold medals, has won each of his three finals in Rio so far: the 200m butterfly, the 4x100m freestyle and the 4x200m freestyle.

On Thursday, he will be aiming to become the first swimmer to win the same event at four consecutive Olympic Games.

Al Oerter (discuss) and Carl Lewis (long jump) are the only athletes to have achieved the feat.

  • SHARE
    The IANS was founded by Indian American publisher Gopal Raju as the India Abroad News Service. It was later renamed the Indo-Asian News Service.

    Related Posts

    Golfer Bhullar Holds One-Shot Lead At Macao Open

    Macau, Oct 21 (IANS) Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar struggled with a three-over 74 in the third and penultimate round as he saw his overnight four-shot...

    Dortmund Held; Leverkusen Rout Monchengladbach

    Berlin, Oct 21 (IANS) Borussia Dortmund settled for a 2-2 away draw on Saturday against Eintracht Frankfurt in a fresh setback in their Bundesliga campaign,...

    We Have To Take our chances against Brazil: German Coach Wueck

    Kolkata, Oct 21 (IANS) Germany coach Christian Wueck on Saturday said his team cannot be as profligate as they were throughout the FIFA Under-17 World...

    United Stunned, City Go 5 Points Clear, Chelse Beat Watford In EPL

    London, Oct 21 (IANS) Promoted Huddesfield stunned record champions Manchester United, while leaders Manchester City thrashed Burnley 3-0 to take a five-point lead and defending...

    Shuttler Srikanth Enters Denmark Open Final

    Odense (Denmark), Oct 21 (IANS) Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth will have the chance to win his third Superseries title of the season as he entered...