Phelps strong in World Cup meet
Phelps set an American record in winning the 400-meter individual medley and followed that with a win in the 100 individual medley in the World Cup on Friday.Updated: Feb 04, 2006 11:35 IST
Michael Phelps set an American record in winning the 400-meter individual medley and followed that with a win in the 100 individual medley in the World Cup on Friday. Phelps finished the 400 at 4:03.99 in the 25-meter short course pool at the Nassau County Aquatic Center. He then took care of the 100 in 53.21.
Luca Marin (4:07.76) of Italy was the silver medalist in the 400, while Thiago Pereira (53.49) of Brazil was runner-up in the 100. Phelps is trying weight training as he works to regain the form that helped him win six gold medals in the Athens Olympics, and the 20-year-old began to see the rewards at the seventh stop of the eight-meet series.
"I was away from competition for four months," said Phelps, who was a disappointing seventh in the 100 freestyle at the world championships last summer in Montreal, and failed to qualify for the 400 free final.
"Coming back I figured I would try something new. And I'm happy I did. My times were great. I hadn't raced in four months and the old feeling is back.
"Hopefully I'll have two more good ones tomorrow night." Phelps, a student at the University of Michigan, is entered in Saturday's 200 freestyle and 200 individual medley. Rachel Komisarz, a 2004 U.S. Olympian, won the 100 butterfly and was second to Josefin Lillhage of Sweden in the 200 freestyle. Komisarz earned her gold medal in 58.33 after finishing runner-up in the 200 freestyle at 1:57.47. Lillhage touched the wall first in 1:56.73.
American Brendan Hansen dominated the 200 breaststroke in 2:08.30. A 2004 Olympic gold medalist, Hansen easily beat Scott Usher, who posted a 2:09.48.
Randall Bal, a former world champion in the 50 backstroke, won his fourth 100 backstroke in the current series in 50.92. Neil Walker (47.00) of the United States topped Filippo Mangini (47.81) of Italy in the 100 freestyle.
Peng Wu of China dominated the 200 butterfly in 1:54.24. Anatoly Polyakov of Russia was a distant second in 1:56.35. Tara Kirk, the reigning US Open champ in the 100 breaststroke, won her specialty in 1:05.29. Megan Jendrik (1:06.17), the American record-holder, was second.
Ariana Kukors easily captured the 200 individual medley in 2:09.84 and fellow American Julia Smit took second in 2:11.45. Therese Alshammar of Sweden won the 50 freestyle in 24.32, while Caitlin Andrew (27.84) defeated Kukors (28.47) in the 50 backstroke.
First Published: Feb 04, 2006 11:35 IST