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OMAHA, Neb. Andrew Hawkins Jersey . – There wont be a
Beijing repeat in London. Michael Phelps has dropped one of his eight Olympic
races.  Phelps coach, Bob Bowman, announced Monday on the final day of the U.S.
swimming trials that Phelps was scratching the 200-metre freestyle, leaving him
with seven events at the London Games.  The decision removes the chance of
Phelps matching the record eight gold medals he won in Beijing. “Its so much
smarter for me to do that,” Phelps told The Associated Press. “Were not trying
to recreate what happened in Beijing. It just makes sense.” Phelps qualified in
five individual events for London and is expected to swim all three relays. But,
on Bowmans recommendation, he decided to focus on the 200 and 400 individual
medley and the 100 and 200 butterfly. “No one should be expected to do that
twice,” Bowman said of the program Phelps swam in Beijing. “Once was more than
enough.” Bowman said his main concern was Phelps being fresh for the 400
freestyle relay. While the U.S. has traditionally dominated that event, the
Australians are favoured for London. The relay was one of Phelps closest calls
in Beijing, with teammate Jason Lezak coming from behind on the anchor leg to
beat a strong French squad. The relay final is on the same day as the
preliminaries and semifinals of the 200 freestyle.“We respect the challenge were
up against,” Bowman said with a smile, “and perhaps well be more ready than
people think.” Bowman said he raised the possibility of dropping an event early
in the week, and Phelps was fine with it when they discussed it again after his
final race of the trials Sunday night. “When we talk about technical things, he
sees the logic of it quite easily,” Bowman said. With Phelps dropping the 200
free, Ricky Berens moved up to claim an individual spot on the Olympic team for
the first time. He was already scheduled to swim the 400 and 800 free relays.
The 27-year-old Phelps had vowed to drop the gruelling 400 IM after Beijing, but
he put it back on his program earlier this year. Bowman wanted him to swim that
event because its on the first day of the Olympic program, which made it more
appealing than the 200 free even though Phelps won that event at the trials and
finished second behind Lochte in the 400 IM. “We like to get going,” Bowman
said. “No matter how it goes, we want to be in the mix. We dont want to wait
until the second day.” Phelps is giving up the chance to defend his 200 free
title from Beijing and regain the world record that Germanys Paul Biedermann set
at the 2009 world championships wearing one of the high-tech bodysuits that are
now banned. Phelps will still have a chance to three-peat in his other four
individual races. No swimmer has ever won the same event in three straight
Olympics. Dropping the 200 free also removes one of Phelps showdowns with
American rival Ryan Lochte, the defending world champion. They will now face
each other in just the two individual medleys. “It gives me a day off for
recovery after the (400) IM,” Phelps said. Its something thats needed. Swimming
that many times is brutal and theres no need to put myself through that.” Theres
another benefit as well, according to Bowman. No more comparisons to 2008, when
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