Round 2 goes to Phelps; Franklin denies Coughlin

June 28, 2012 • National News

Matt Grevers, right, celebrates after winning the men’s 100-meter backstroke final at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, Wednesday, June 27, 2012, in Omaha, Neb. At left is Nick Thoman. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Round 2 goes to Michael Phelps.

Getting back at rival Ryan Lochte, Phelps stretched out to win a thrilling 200-meter freestyle at the U.S. Olympic trials Wednesday night, setting up a duel in London that just gets more tantalizing with every race between the world’s two greatest swimmers.

Lochte won the 400 individual medley on the opening night of the games, his third straight major victory over the winningest Olympian ever. But Phelps isn’t going down that easily.

He got off to a stronger start that usual, leading at the first turn and holding the advantage through all four laps. Both swimmers got a big boost off the final turn, cutting through the water like missiles, and Lochte went stroke Login to read more

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