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Phelps cruises through nationals, shapes up for worlds

posted July 15, 2009 @ 5:10 AM  |  Elite Level Competition category

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~By Vicki Michaelis

At the world swimming championships, which begin July 26 in Rome, Michael Phelps won't tackle as ambitious a competition program as the one that gave him worldwide celebrity and a place in Olympic history in last year's Beijing Games. Phelps' results still could be spectacular, based on his performance in the U.S. championships, which ended Saturday in Indianapolis.

That would be in stark contrast with the last time Phelps competed in worlds the year after winning a passel of Olympic medals. He won six gold and two bronze in the 2004 Athens Games, then, in the 2005 worlds, failed to qualify for the 400-meter freestyle final and finished seventh in the 100 freestyle.

Read on at USA Today

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