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Phelps message

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OLYMPIC swim legend Michael Phelps completed an epic effort at the US national championsh­ips yesterday, having served notice he has the speed and skill to star at the 2016 Olympics.

Phelps finished fifth in yesterday’s 200m breaststro­ke final in 2min 11.30sec, well off winner Craig Benson’s time of 2:09.68.

But Phelps seldom swims the event and was entered more as a challenge and training exercise rather than with a victory in mind, having won three events in the previous three days and beaten the winning time at the world championsh­ips in Russia in each.

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