The world short course swimming championships start on Wednesday in Istanbul, four months after the London Olympics but with notable absentees, including megastar Michael Phelps and teenage sensation Missy Franklin.
Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps go neck-and-neck at the 200m individual medley at the US Olympic swimming team trials on June 30, 2012. Lochte, the four-time Olympic champion and individual medley specialist, will be at the world short course swimming championships in Istanbul. Phelps will not.
Phelps was never going to figure after taking his bow from the sport with 22 Olympic medals to his name, while 17-year-old Franklin -- who won four golds and bagged two world records in London -- declined to take part.
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