Phelps beats world winning time in 100m fly

Sat Aug 8, 2015 8:42pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Michael Phelps swam the fastest time in the world this year as he blew away the field to win the 100 meters butterfly at the U.S. championships in San Antonio on Saturday.

The most decorated Olympian of all-time led from start to finish, clocking a stunning 50.45 seconds.

Phelps's time, the second-fastest ever recorded in a standard swimsuit, bettered the 50.56 South African Chad Le Clos clocked to win the same event at the world championships in Russia only hours earlier.

Fellow American Ian Crocker swam 50.40 in 2005, before the introduction of high-tech swimsuits, which were subsequently banned in 2010 after times improved so dramatically they made it impossible to compare eras.

Le Clos, after his victory, trash-talked Phelps, who declined to get involved in a slanging match when asked about the comments in a poolside interview.

"I saw the comments. There are a lot of things I could say but I won’t," the 30-year-old American said after his triumph.

"I let what I do in the pool do all my talking and that’s how I’ve always done things."

Earlier, Le Clos had downplayed the significance of Phelps's Friday victory in the 200m butterfly.

"Phelps did a great time ... but with all due respect, that's not so hard to do when you're swimming on your own," Le Clos told reporters.   Continued...

Michael Phelps celebrates winning the men's 100-meter butterfly final during the Phillips 66 National Championships at Northside Swim Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports