Michael Phelps
This will be Michael Phelps' fifth Olympic appearance.Reuters

There is only one name that comes to one's mind when one thinks about swimming - Michael Phelps. At the age of 31, he will still continue to remain the shining star in the world of swimming.

The Amerian swimming superstar is all set to feature in his fifth Olympic Games at Rio. Phelps, who has won 22 medals in the past Summer Games including 18 gold, came out of retirement. The American had retired from the sport in 2012 but decided to come back to hog the limelight again. 

Phelps will be seen competing in three individual events -- 100 metres butterfly, 200 metres butterfly and 200 metres individual medley. He will also be a part of the young relay team from the US. 

Phelps, who was the winner of the 100 metres butterfly and 200 metres individual medley at the past three Olympics, will be eyeing to win all these three medals again and make it four in a row to inscribe his name in the history books. 

Ryan Lochte
Ryan Lochte of US in action.Reuters

Ryan Lochte, who is also 31-years-old, will be featuring in his fourth Olympic Games in Rio. Lochte too, is a highly decorated swimmer from the United States of America again as he was won 11 medals in the past Olympic Games. 

Anthony Ervin and Nathan Adrian are also a part of the US swimming contingent. From among the women, Katie Ledecky is likely to emerge as one of the biggest stars in the women's events. The 19-year-old girl from the US holds the world record in 400 and 800 metres freestyle. She is likely to go for the golden triple by winning a gold in the 200 metres freestyle as well.

Missy Franklin, another US women swimming star, did not have a good trial. Franklin, who won four golds and a bronze at the London Olympics in 2012, will feature in only two individual events and a relay. 

Cate Campbell is Australia's hope in 100 metres freestyle at the Rio Olympics. She had set a world record earlier this year in this particular style. Australia had disappointing outing in the London Games and they will look to bounce back strongly in Rio Olympics and regain their fans' faith.

Mitch Larkin
Mitch Larkin of Australia in action.Reuters

Emily Seebohm and her partner in real life, Mitch Larkin, are coming into Rio Olympics 2016 as world champions in 100 metres and 200 metres backstoke.

Kosuke Hagino from Japan, Sun Yang from China and Florent Manaudou from France also have a chance of podium finishes in Rio Olympics 2016.  

Now coming to the Indian swimmers, Shivani Kataria and Sajan Prakash will be representing India at the Rio Olympics in 200 metres freestyle and 200 metres butterfly respectively.

Kataria is the first Indian woman swimmer to feature in the Olympics after 2004. She booked her place in this year's Summer Olympics through a wild card. 

Prakash on the other hand, will be competing at the Rio Olympics for the first time. In the past, he has won three gold medals in the Indian National Games. Prakash too, made a wild card entry at the Rio Olympics.

However, much is not expected from them, but the Indian fans will definitely cheer for the young swimmers at the Rio Games, which is scheduled to start from August 5, Friday. 

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