Michael Phelps Furious with Himself over Bad Paris Open Performance
Olympic records holder Michael Phelps expressed that he is “furious” over himself for his poor showing in the recently concluded Paris Open.
The 25-year-old American swimmer may have won the 200m butterfly and the 200m medley but he only placed just third in the 200m freestyle and sixth in the 100m freestyle.
“I’m disappointed but I know as well that it’s my fault,” said Phelps. “I didn’t train exactly when I should have.”
Yannick Agnel, 18, beat Phelps in both freestyle events. He set the French national record in the 200 meters after he defeated Phelps. Agnel expressed that he was thrilled to beat the most decorated swimmer of all-time, but also acknowledged that the Olympian was not in his best shape during the competition.
Phelps holds the records for most number of Olympic gold medals, which is at 14, and the most number of gold medals won in a single Olympic games, which is at 8 and achieved in 2008 at the Beijing Olympics. He won the other six in 2004 at the Athens Olympics.
“Hopefully, it’s a wake-up call. If it’s not, then I have to change a lot. I blame myself. You’ve got to be responsible for your own action,” he also said. He will be competing in the 2012 London Olympics, which probably would be his swan song as he will be 27 by that time.