At the 2004 . Olympic Team Trials , Phelps competed in six events; the 200- and 400-meter individual medley, the 100- and 200-meter butterfly, the 200-meter freestyle, and the 200-meter backstroke.  In his first event, the 400-meter individual medley, Phelps easily won with a world record time of 4:.  Two days later, in the 200-meter freestyle, Phelps won with a time of 1:, finishing sixth-tenths of a second ahead of Klete Keller .  Phelps, however, was not pleased with the result and wanted to be in the 1:45s and was uncertain if he would swim the event in Athens.  The following day, Phelps won in the 200-meter butterfly with a time of 1:, three seconds ahead of second-place finisher Tom Malchow .  After two days off, Phelps was back in the pool and finished second to Aaron Peirsol (who broke the world record) in the 200-meter backstroke.  Less than half an hour later, Phelps won the 200-meter individual medley title ahead of Ryan Lochte by seconds.   The following day, Phelps finished second to Ian Crocker in the 100-meter butterfly. Crocker won in a time of , a world record and seconds ahead of Phelps.  When the Trials were over, Phelps became the first person to qualify in six individual events for a . Olympic team.  However, Phelps dropped the 200-meter backstroke to focus on the 200-meter freestyle because he wanted to race Ian Thorpe .  Even though Phelps did not compete in the 100-meter freestyle at the Trials, he was still selected for the 4×100-meter freestyle relay. Gary Hall, Jr. thought this was unfair and said Phelps did not deserve a spot on the relay. Phelps argued his program was too crowded to compete in 100-meter freestyle and was at least among the top four swimmers because he had beaten the top-seeded Jason Lezak the last time he had swum against him.