INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The duel between Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte will finally take place Saturday night at the Indianapolis Grand Prix.
In morning prelims, the rivals qualified for the 200 IM final. Phelps is the top seed in what is likely to be his final race at the IUPUI Natatorium. He finished in 2 minutes, 1.53 seconds.
Lochte will be the No. 7 seed Saturday night, qualifying in 2:02.88. Lochte also made it into the 100 backstroke finals.
The world’s two best all-around swimmers were expected to meet twice Thursday, but Lochte missed both finals. So the only Phelps-Lochte matchup will take place in the final individual event of the three-day meet.
Phelps pulled out of Saturday’s 200 butterfly.
Missy Franklin earned the top seed in the women’s 100 back in 1:00.77.