Phelps floats like a butterfly, wins like a true champion
Michael Phelps is used to celebrating 200 metres butterfly victories but the American's gold medal at the world swimming championships on Wednesday was particularly sweet. The win not only came one year ahead of the London Olympic Games but also helped atone for a series of recent losses in what has been his signature event for almost a decade.
After the race, the relief was palpable on both his face and that of his mother Debbie, who was cheering Phelps on from the stands. So dominant was the Olympic champion, he had not been beaten in a 200 butterfly race for nine years until he lost to China's Wu Peng twice and Australia's Nick D'Arcy earlier this year.
Japan’s Takeshi Matsuda took the silver in 1.54.01 while Wu, roared on by the home crowd, grabbed bronze in 1.54.67.