Aug 8, 2015 12:19 AM by Ross Field
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Leaving no doubt that he'll be ready for the Rio Olympics, Michael Phelps turned in the fastest time in the world this year in the 200-meter butterfly, winning at the U.S. nationals in a stunning 1 minute, 52.94 seconds.
Phelps held up one finger when he saw his time on the scoreboard, then pounded the water defiantly - first with one hand, then with both. It was one of the most raucous celebrations of his career and showed how much he wanted to post a fast time at nationals after being denied a spot at the world championships.
Phelps was banned from worlds as part of his punishment for a second drunken-driving arrest. So he came to San Antonio and posted a time that would have been good enough for gold in Kazan, Russia.
Laszlo Cseh of Hungary won the world title in 1:53.48.
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