Thu, Jul 15, 2004 - Page 19 News List

Crocker sets record in butterfly

US OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS Ian Crocker bettered his own mark in the 100m butterfly as Michael Phelps placed second. Gary Hall Jr. won the 50m freestyle event


While Phelps became the first US swimmer to qualify in six individual events at the Olympics, the last two days cast serious doubts on his quest to break Spitz's record at the 1972 Munich Games.

Phelps and his coach, Bob Bowman, plan to decide in the next day or two whether to swim all six individual races in Athens, or go with a lighter schedule that might keep him stronger but give him fewer chances to beat Spitz.

Phelps has qualified for at least one relay and also wants to swim the other two, giving him as many as nine races at the Olympics.

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