Nathan Adrian led all the way to win in 48.31 seconds Wednesday night, claiming his sixth title in seven years. Ryan Lochte was second in 48.96, swimming in the far outside lane. Jimmy Feigen finished third in 48.98.
Conor Dwyer took fourth, joining the top three on the U.S. team for the Pan Pacific championships later this month in Australia.
”That group of eight guys is much faster than what we showed,” Adrian said.
Adrian and Phelps swam next to each other. After the race, Phelps told Adrian, ”Man, I missed the wall.”
Adrian replied, ”Good thing you’re the best swimmer of all time. You’re going to get on the team.”
The men’s 100 final featured seven Olympians, including five who own individual gold medals.
”It’s insane the quality of swimmer it took to make the top eight,” Adrian said. ”There were even some medalists outside the top eight. It’s never easy to make a U.S. team no matter who you are or where you’re at in your career.”
You can see the race here.
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