Phelps makes history, will make fifth Olympic appearance in Rio

Michael Phelps swims in a men's 200-meter butterfly semifinal at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, Tuesday, June 28, 2016, in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

OMAHA (AP)–Michael Phelps is heading to his fifth Olympics.

The most decorated athlete in Olympic history held off a stiff challenge from Tom Shields to win the 200-meter butterfly at the U.S. swimming trials in 1 minute, 54.84 seconds.

After whipping around to look at his time – which was likely a bit slower than Phelps would’ve preferred – he held up all five fingers on his right hand to signify Olympics No. 5.

Shields came on strong to take the second spot on the Olympic team in 1:55.81.

Watching from the stands was Phelps’ fiance and their 7-week-old son Boomer, who was wearing noise-canceling headphones adorned with American flags.

Phelps still has two more events at the trials: the 100 fly and 200 individual medley. He could swim as many as six events in Rio, counting relays, looking to build on his 18 golds and 22 medals overall.

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