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Phelps hits top form at US Ch'ships
11 Aug 2015 09:09
Michael Phelps blew away the competition with 2015 world-leading times in his first three races over the at the US championships in San Antonio over the weekend.
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Phelps, 30, the most decorated Olympian ever with 18 gold medals, will leave San Antonio having served notice to the swimming world that he is back to close to his previous brilliant best, a year before the Rio Games.
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He won the 100m and 200m butterfly and the 200m individual medley. In all three events he swam faster than the winning time at the world championships that were held in Russia the same week.
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Phelps swam at US nationals rather than the world championships because he was banned from the US team in the wake of his drunk driving arrest last year.
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Phelps completed his campaign more sedately, finishing fifth in the 200 metres breaststroke in his final event
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He clocked two minutes 11.30 seconds, well behind winner Craig Benson of Scotland, who touched in 2:09.68, in an event that has never been the American's strongest.
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