Phelps sets fastest time of year in 200m medley

Sun Aug 9, 2015 8:53pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Michael Phelps continued his brilliant comeback when he swam the fastest time in the world this year to win the 200 meters individual medley at the U.S. championships in San Antonio on Sunday.

The most decorated Olympian of all-time was ahead of world record pace after 150m, before fading slightly over the final 50m of freestyle.

He clocked one minute 54.75 seconds, significantly faster than fellow American Ryan Lochte swam to win the world championships in Russia in 1:55.81 on Thursday.

Lochte holds the world record of 1:54.00 from 2011.

“I feel so old it’s kind of wild,” Phelps, 30, said in a poolside interview as the large crowd roared in approval.

“I’ve been away from the sport for a while and I feel like I’m kind of back where I used to be. It’s good to be here.”

After winning the 200m and 100m butterfly in 2015-world leading times on Friday and Saturday, respectively, there was no doubt that Phelps was back near his best form.

His Sunday performance was further confirmation that in Rio next year he could add to his record 18 Olympic golds.

“Ryan and I have been pretty dominant in that race from since we started racing back in 2004,” Phelps said of the 200m IM.   Continued...

Michael Phelps swims in the men's 200-meter IM preliminaries during the Phillips 66 National Championships at Northside Swim Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports