Phelps looks fresh at pool day after gold medals


RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Even after a grueling night at the pool, Michael Phelps looked fresh as can be to start qualifying for his next event.

Phelps cruised through the preliminaries of the 200-meter individual medley on Wednesday, posting the third-fastest time behind teammate Ryan Lochte and Germany’s Philip Heintz.

Phelps is coming off a double gold-medal night at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium, winning both the 200 butterfly and 4×200 freestyle relay late Tuesday.

After about five hours of sleep, he was back at the pool and ready to go for his fourth straight gold medal in the 200 IM.

Phelps says his “body hurt a little bit” but he should be good to go for the evening semifinals. As he says, “I’ve been able to put my body through things like this over the years. Hopefully I can keep it rolling one last time.”

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