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Phelps swims fastest 100-meter butterfly in world for 2008

Phelps swims fastest 100-meter butterfly in world for 2008

Michael Phelps swam the world's fastest 100-meter butterfly of the year on Friday and he thought he could have done even better.
Phelps finished in 51.04 seconds at the Mutual of Omaha Swimvitational, beating world record-holder Ian Crocker's previous 2008 best of 51.32, which Crocker recorded in Austin, Texas, in March.
"I really wanted to break 51 in the 100 fly, but my finish kind of wasn't too good," Phelps said. "I kind of kissed the wall. It's really not how you're supposed to finish. Hopefully it's something I can work on in the next two weeks."
Phelps, who was 0.64 seconds off Crocker's world record of 50.40, said he might have gone under 51 if he had glided into the wall rather than taking a half-stroke at the finish.
"It's all a learning experience," he said. "I'd rather have it here than in the next two months."
Phelps won the 100 butterfly at the 2004 Olympics _ one of his six gold medals in Athens _ and he's on track to meet Crocker here in three weeks at the U.S. Olympic trials.
"I always look forward to racing him," Phelps said. "In this pool, we're both hopefully going to be on our best and ready to race."
Phelps also won the 100 freestyle on Friday in 49.53, a time he called disappointing.
He's scheduled to swim the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke here on Saturday. He left open the possibility of skipping the finals of the 200 free to concentrate on the 100 backstroke at night.
After his fast 100 butterfly, Phelps faced continued questions about his swim apparel _ the Speedo LZR Racer. Though FINA has upheld the legality of Speedo's design, the suit has been one of the hot-button issues in swimming. Since mid-February, swimmers wearing the suit have set 37 world records.
Phelps shrugged off questions about the suit.
"Anybody in the world can wear one. If you want a suit, you can get one if you want. They're available to everybody," he said. "The suit is definitely a help. Without the training, nothing else happens. The suit is helpful for hundredths or tenths of a second, to do a best time or win a gold medal. Hopefully, that's what we'll be able to use it for."
Meanwhile, Olympic 200-meter breaststroke champion Amanda Beard was disqualified in the preliminaries because of a flaw in her technique. USA Swimming spokeswoman Karen Linhart said officials ruled Beard's elbows were not underwater during the recovery portion of the stroke.
Beard later failed to reach the finals in the 100 butterfly, an off event for her. She came nearly a full second short of the cut line for the trials.