Olympic coach Bob Bowman was left unimpressed with Michael Phelps’ performance at the Indianapolis Grand Prix on Thursday. Even though he won the 100m butterfly and was runner-up in the 100m freestyle, Bowman felt Phelps did not prepare mentally for the competition.
INDIANAPOLIS, US – Michael Phelps won the 100m butterfly and was runner-up in the 100m freestyle at the Indianapolis Grand Prix on Thursday, but the Olympic swim star did not impress coach Bob Bowman.
Nathan Adrian managed to ignore his torn swimsuit to hold off hard-charging Phelps in the 100m free final, winning in 48.62sec. Phelps was second in 48.74.
Phelps bounced back with his 100m fly victory in 52.23, but Bowman said the 14-time Olympic gold medallist was not paying enough attention to the details.
Bowman said Phelps’s seventh-fastest qualifying time in the freestyle was due to lack of mental preparation.
And he was unhappy with Phelps’s glide to the finish in the fly final, ahead of Poland’s Marcin Tarczynski (52.92).
“I can’t stand those finishes like that. He’s got to start making that important,” Bowman said. “We’re at a point now where the details are important and you can’t just keep blowing them off till later. It is later.”
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