The 2016 Rio Olympics have come to a close with Americans earning 121 medals -- 46 gold, 37 silver and 38 bronze -- their biggest haul ever, not counting the boycotted 1984 Los Angeles Games or the 1904 St. Louis Games, when hardly anyone else showed up.
Longtime rivals Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps recorded the two fastest qualifying times in the 200-meter individual medley at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials Thursday.
Lochte finished in 1 minute, 58.05 seconds, the eighth-best time in the world this year, but remained in pain from the injured groin that’s bothered him all week.
To compensate for the discomfort on the breaststroke leg, Lochte used a smaller kick.
“I can’t do a normal kick because it hurts so bad,” he said.
Phelps, who turned 31 on Thursday, touched the wall in 1:58.95. After qualifying for his fifth Olympics on Wednesday night with a victory in the 200 butterfly, Phelps struggled to sleep last night. He resorted to shooting text messages to coach Bob Bowman.
The 200 IM semifinals are Thursday and the final is Friday.
“This is the grind time for me,” Phelps said.