Michael Phelps on a roll with second win on the trot

Michael Phelps on a roll with second win on the trot

Phelps is next headed to altitude training in Colorado, and said he will compete in a small meeting in July before the US Championships in Texas in August.



By (AFP)

Published: Tue 23 Jun 2015, 11:57 AM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 2:52 PM

Phelps wins the men’s 200m individual medley on day four of the 2015 Arena Pro Swim Series. — AFP

Phelps wins the men’s 200m individual medley on day four of the 2015 Arena Pro Swim Series. — AFP

Santa Clara — Olympic great Michael Phelps won the 200m individual medley at the Santa Clara Pro Swim late on Sunday for his second victory in as many nights. The 29-year-old American, whose 18 Olympic gold medals include three 200m medley triumphs, said he was encouraged by his performance in the four-day meeting, where he won the 200m butterfly on Saturday.

“I’m just happy to end the meet and have the (200) free, (200) IM and (200) fly be faster than I’ve been all year,” said Phelps, whose 200m medley time of 1min 59.39sec marked his first time under two minutes this year in the event.

“That’s kind of what we wanted to do, to be able to progress throughout the year,” added Phelps, whose comeback pointed at the 2016 Olympics was disrupted last year by a drunk-driving incident that saw him banned for six months by USA Swimming. “I’m happy where I am now,” said Phelps, after holding off a hard-charging Josh Prenot, who finished second in 2:00.43. Shortly after the win, Phelps swam in the 200m backstroke final, finishing ninth in 2:04.11 in a race won by Ryan Murphy in 1:57.06.

Phelps is next headed to altitude training in Colorado, and said he will compete in a small meeting in July before the US Championships in Texas in August.

He’ll swim the national championships rather than the World Championships in Russia as part of his USA Swimming sanction for the drunk-driving offence. An American star who will be headed to worlds, four-time Olympic champion Missy Franklin, finished her first meeting as a professional with a third-place finish in the 200m backstroke and sixth place in the 100m free — departing the competition without a victory.


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