Jun 28, 2016

    Phelps leaves rival Lochte to 'brother' Kalisz


    MICHAEL Phelps had no appetite for a rematch with Ryan

    Lochte in the 400m medley so he left it to the swimmer he calls his little brother to beat up on an old foe at the United States Olympic swim trials on Sunday.

    Displaying the same ruthless competitive streak as his training partner Phelps, Chase Kalisz showed no mercy as he delivered an emphatic knockout punch to the wounded Lochte, pulling away from the 2012 London Summer Games gold medallist over the final two legs to become the first American swimmer to collect his ticket to Rio.

    For more than a decade, Phelps and Lochte have engaged in some epic battles, forging one of swimming's great rivalries.

    Phelps won the 400 IM title at the 2004 Athens and 2008 Olympics while Lochte grabbed top spot on the podium in London.

    But now aged 30 and bidding for a spot on his fifth Olympic team, Phelps wanted no part of the punishing 400 IM. He passed the torch to Kalisz, who will carry it to Rio in August and an expected showdown with the Japanese double medal threat of Kosuke Hagino and Daiya Seto.

    "I was so happy for Chase, I was crying when I was hugging him," said Phelps, who now trains in Arizona with Kalisz under coach Bob Bowman.

    "We kept the 400 IM in the MBAC (Maryland Baltimore Aquatic Club) family, it's in a safe place.

    "He is like my brother and watching him to be able to do that is a very special moment."