Phelps to swim 7 events in London

Posted at Jul 04 2012 12:32 PM | Updated as of Jul 04 2012 08:32 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Michael Phelps has dropped the 200-meters freestyle from his schedule, leaving him with seven events for his Olympic Games swansong.

The American qualified for eight events at the United States Olympic trials – the same number he swam at Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008 – but ditched the freestyle to focus on the relays.

In Athens, the then 19-year-old Phelps won six golds and two bronze medals. He owned Beijing’s Water Cube in 2008 by winning eight gold medals in eight events, while setting seven world records.

Phelps has said that he will retire from swimming before his 30th birthday. -- Mornings @ ANC, July 4, 2012.