Phelps suffers first major setback

Star swimmer finishes seventh in 100m free race at US event.

Afp August 07, 2014


Olympic great Michael Phelps suffered the first big setback of his return to competition Wednesday as a poor turn left him seventh in the 100m free at the US Swimming Championships.

In a finals field loaded with Olympic medallists, the 18-time Games champion made a mess of his turn at the 50m wall, and had no chance to challenge coming home in the race won by 2012 Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian.

“When I literally took a couple kicks and I barely passed the flags, I knew there was very little chance that I was going to run anybody down,” said Phelps.

“It just kind of stinks that I missed the first wall.”

Phelps ended a near two-year retirement in April, and the US championships are just his fourth meet since then and his first chance to qualify to represent the US at an international event — the Pan Pacific Championships August 21-25 in Gold Coast, Australia.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 8th, 2014.

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