Michael Phelps Focuses On World Championship Challenge
After winning 8 gold medals in the Beijing Olympics, US swimmer Michael Phelps is now focussing on World Championship trials. He said that he had an unfinished task to complete. He has won a total of 14 Olympic gold medals and is looking to add a few more in 2012 Olympics in London.
His first priority is towards world championship trials. However, Phelps has set fewer goals and will participate in only 4 events, including 100m freestyle. He showed that he was competent in the event after he clocked 47.51 seconds, while leading 4 X 100 m free relay in Beijing Olympics. He will be up against Frances’s Alain Bernard and Frederic Bousquet and Australia’s Eamon Sullivan in thw world championship. He will be tested in this event.
"It doesn't matter if I'm the favourite or not," Phelps said. "One thing I enjoy the most is being able to step up against anybody, whether they're faster than me or not."
"The 100 free, I know I'm not the best, but if I have the opportunity to step up and race the best, that's something I've always enjoyed."
Phelps will embark upon 100m freestyle with Garrett Weber-Gale, Cullen Jones, and Nathan Adrian among others for the top two places required to book a berth in the world championship. Phelps will start his crusade on Wednesday with 200m butterfly and 200m freestyle.
Phelps has lost 4 out of 10 races after returning in May as he wrestles with new training management to make him more dangerous in 100m.