Olympic star Michael Phelps wins 200m fly at Santa Clara

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Olympic su­per­star Michael Phelps, who ad­mit­ted this week he’s fed up with los­ing in a come­back aimed at the 2016 Olympics, won the 200m but­ter­fly on Satur­day at the Santa Clara Pro Swim.

Phelps, whose 18 Olympic gold medals in­clude his per­fect eight­gold cam­paign in Bei­jing in 2008, led from the start and held off hard-charg­ing North Bal­ti­more Aquatic Club team­mate Chase Kalisz over the fi­nal 50 me­ters to win in 1min 57.62sec.

Kalisz was sec­ond in 1:58.06, with Fri­day’s 100m fly win­ner Tom Shields third in 1:58.28.

“I’m very pleased with tonight’s race,” said Phelps, who was three sec­onds faster than he was at last month’s Char­lotte Pro Swim meet­ing.

“I went out just the way I wanted to. If I con­tinue to swim that race I need to fo­cus on get­ting that sec­ond half un­der a minute,” added the U.S. star, who was slated to swim three events on Sun­day be­fore head­ing into high-al­ti­tude train­ing in Colorado and the U.S. cham­pi­onships in Au­gust.

Phelps will be swimming the na­tional cham­pi­onships in Texas rather than the World Cham­pi­onships in Rus­sia as part of his sanc­tion by USA Swimming for a drunk-driv­ing in­ci­dent last year.

Among other win­ners on the penul­ti­mate night of the meet­ing, Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu notched an im­pres­sive dou­ble, win­ning the women’s 200m but­ter­fly in 2:09.77 and the 100m back­stroke in 59.69.

Amer­i­can El­iz­a­beth Pel­ton was sec­ond in the back­stroke in 1:00.31 with Missy Franklin — swimming her first meet as a pro­fes­sional — third in 1:00.65.

Amer­i­can Nathan Adrian, the 2012 Olympic 100m freestyle gold medal­ist, won the men’s 50m free in 21.97sec, eighth-fastest in the world this year.

Amer­i­can Giles Smith clocked a per­sonal best 23.30 — fourth­fastest in the world this year — to win the men’s 50m but­ter­fly.

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