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Swimming: Phelps strong in 100m fly qualifying

Published on Aug 9, 2014 6:28 AM
On Aug 6, 2014; Irvine, CA, USA; Michael Phelps reacts after a 100m freestyle heat in the 2014 USA National Championships at William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Complex. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

IRVINE, United States (AFP) - Olympic great Michael Phelps posted the fastest time in the world this year to lead the way into the 100m butterfly final at the US Swimming Championships on Friday.

Phelps won his heat in 51.17sec - faster than the previous season-best of 51.29 set by South African Chad Le Clos at the Commonwealth Games.

It wasn't near Phelps's world record of 49.82 - set in 2009 and one of three world records he still owns.

But it was faster than the 51.21 Phelps clocked to win his third straight Olympic gold in the event in London.

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