Michael Phelps has left his mark on American history, but not just for his 18 Olympic gold medals.
The Olympic swimmer is now the first American male to make five Olympic teams during his career. Phelps came in first with a time of 1:54:84 during the men’s 200-meter butterfly U.S. Olympic trials, which solidified his spot on the Rio Games roster.
“With everything that’s happened, being able to come back…” Phelps said, “that’s probably harder than any swim I’ve had in my life.”
The 31-year-old swimmer will most likely compete in multiple events at the Rio Games, but that will be contingent on which ones he individually qualifies for.
“Just being able to finish how I want to is so important to me,” Phelps said. “Getting on this team is what I wanted to do.”
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