Double disappointment for sluggish Phelps

The 18-time gold medallist still searching for erstwhile form.


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Michael Phelps time of 1:51.44 was more than eight seconds off his American record. PHOTO: AFP

CHARLOTTE: Olympic legend Michael Phelps failed to make the 200m freestyle final and had to settle for third in the 100m butterfly at a Pro Swim Series meet on Friday.

The 18-time gold medallist clocked 52.59 seconds in the 100m butterfly, behind runner-up Ryan Lochte (52.52) and winner Tom Shields (52.12). Phelps, who has his sights set on competing in a fifth Olympics in 2016 at Rio, holds the world record at 49.82.

The 29-year-old American missed out on the 200m final in Charlotte, North Carolina, after posting just the 14th fastest time in the preliminaries.

His time of 1:51.44 was more than eight seconds off his American record and Phelps had to console himself with a win in the 200m B final by clocking 1:49.12.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 17th, 2015.

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