Michael Phelps has one event left in what appears to be the final swim of his storied Olympic career: Friday night’s 100-meter butterfly.
Fellow American swimmer Ryan Lochte, however, said that the race where Phelps seeks his record 23rd gold medal may not actually be the end.
“I guarantee he will be there,” Lochte said on NBC’s TODAY show on Friday. “I think so. I really think so. So Michael, I’ll see you in Tokyo.”
Lochte has competed in the past four Olympic Games.
Phelps’ mother, Debbie, sounded bullish on her son competing in what would be his sixth Olympics where he’d be 35 years old.
“That would be wonderful,” Debbie Phelps said later in the broadcast. “I already have the race picked out.”
Bob Bowman, Phelps’ longtime coach, shot down talk that Phelps could make it back 2020 Tokyo Games. Phelps holds a record 22 gold medals (26 medals overall), the latest secured in the 200-meter individual medley final on Thursday.
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SOURCE: USA Today, A.J. Perez