Posted: Jun 4, 2012 5:51 AM
Updated: Jun 4, 2012 5:51 AM
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Olympic great Michael Phelps erased the pool record that was also his first world record with a finish of 1 minute, 54.79 seconds in the 200-meter butterfly final.
The 14-time Olympic gold medalist led the entire way Sunday in Austin. He touched the wall ahead of China's Wu Peng, who finished in 1:56.71, and Neil Caskey in 1:59.82.
Phelps set the old record of 1:54.92 as a 15-year-old in 2001 qualifying for that year's FINA World Aquatics Championship. He would break his own world record and become world champion for the first time later that summer at the competition in Japan.
It was the third win for Phelps at the three-day meet, his last before the U.S. Olympic Trials that begin June 25 in Omaha. On Friday, he also won the 100 butterfly and placed second in the 100 freestyle and on Saturday he won the grueling 400 individual medley.
-- Brendan Hansen, who won Olympic gold in Beijing as part of the 400 medley relay with Phelps, won Sunday's 100 backstroke in 1:01.16.
-- Texas A&M's Cammile Adams won the women's 200 butterfly in 2:07.35, missing by less than one second the pool record she owns. In the 100 backstroke, Megan Romano swam the fastest time in the world so far this year, winning in 1:00.19.