Published July 31, 2012
Michael Phelps had a short day in the 2012 Olympic pool on Monday, merely qualifying for the men's 200m butterfly title. On Tuesday, Phelps will defend his gold medal in the final of the event, and go for a bit more Olympic history.
Phelps has a chance to become the first men's swimmer to win an event in three consecutive Olympics in the 200m butterfly, one of the few new feats available for the most acclaimed swimmer in Olympic history. Phelps has already come up short in one attempt at the milestone, placing fourth in the 400m IM, but Japan's Kosuke Kitajima failed to beat Phelps to the record by not winning the 100m breaststroke.
Phelps' final is the second of four finals in London on Tuesday, but, as with all major events at the 2012 Olympics, they will not be shown on American TV until NBC's primetime coverage, which begins Tuesday night at 7 p.m. ET. The live Olympics swimming stream is available via NBC Live Extra. Here's the schedule for Tuesday's four medal finals.
Phelps' run at the historic triple won't be his only chance at history on Tuesday — with wins in that event and the 4x200 relay, he could tie and pass Larisa Latynina's overall Olympic record of 18 medals before his time in the pool is through.
Americans could medal in the two women's events of the day, as well, as Missy Franklin and Allison Schmitt could add more medals to their London tallies in the 200m freestyle, and Ariana Kukors and Caitlin Leverenz should be competitors in a deep women's 200 IM field that includes China's record-breaking Shiwen Ye.
You can find a complete medal tracker at SI.com.