Michael Phelps withdraws from 200 IM

Updated: August 21, 2010, 6:04 PM ET
Associated Press

IRVINE, Calif. -- Michael Phelps dropped out of the 200-meter individual medley heats on Saturday at the Pan Pacific championships, leaving teammate Ryan Lochte as the favorite.

Coach Bob Bowman said Phelps chose to focus on swimming in the evening 400 medley relay final.

Bowman said Phelps told him Friday night that he didn't think he could swim the heats and final of the 200 IM, then come back later to help the United States in the medley relay on the final night of the year's biggest ...

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