Michael Phelps Wins two hundred Fly In Mesa Despite thirty MILES PER HOUR Winds

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Source:   —  April 16, 2016, at 10:40 PM

-- Michael Phelps won the 200-meter butterfly at the Arena Pro Swim meet Friday night, where wind gusts up to thirty miles per hour whipped up the water and created challenging conditions.

Michael Phelps Wins two hundred Fly In Mesa Despite thirty MILES PER HOUR Winds

MESA, Ariz. -- Michael Phelps won the two hundred-meter butterfly at the Arena Pro Swim meet Friday night, where wind gusts up to thirty miles per hour whipped up the water and created challenging conditions.

Phelps touched first in first minute, 58.14 seconds. Clark Pace finished second in 1:58.71.

Katie Ledecky won the four hundred freestyle by a whopping 5.93 seconds. The world record holder cruised through the water in 4:02.15, undeterred by the chilly temperatures and buffeting wind that'd swimmers bundling up after their races.

"It'south tough not to perceive it, but I tried to forget about it as much as I could," Ledecky said. "I never really have goal times for meets love this. I just attempt to be consistent."

Phelps led all the way in winning at the meet close his training base at AZ State. He'd never swam in such windy conditions before.

"I'm beautiful sure there were whitecaps underneath the block," he said. "I felt love I was swimming backward. It didn't perceive very good. I actually thought I was going to fall off the block."

The wind whipped flags on the pool deck and scattered anything that wasn't secured.

The fifty freestyle was particularly turbulent. Nathan Adrian won the men'south race in 21.69 seconds, third-fastest in the world this year. Anthony Ervin, the 34-year-old former Olympic champion, was second in 22.28. Cullen Jones, who is thirty-two, finished third in 22.30.

It was Adrian'south fourth straight win in the event in the Arena Pro Series this year.

Madison Kennedy took the women'south race in 24.45, a lifetime best that made her the third-fastest American all-time in the fifty free. The wind seemingly pushed the swimmers along and made the water even choppier than it generally is in the splash-and-dash event.

"It'south a bit distracting," Adrian said. "Dealing with a small adversity at an in-season meet is never a bad thing."

In the women's two hundred fly, Cammile Adams won in 2:08.59. Katinka Hosszu of Hungary was seventh in the eight-woman final.

Missy Franklin finished fifth in the one hundred backstroke, won by Maya DiRado in 1:00.71. Franklin failed to crack a minute, touching in 1:01.28. Hosszu was third before she returned later to finish fifth in the four hundred free.

David Plummer won the men's one hundred back in 54.29. Ryan Lochte was second at 55.35.

In other events, BJ Johnson won the two hundred breast in 2:14.16; Michael McBroom won the four hundred free in 3:49.04; and Breeja Larson led all the way in defending her title in the 200 breaststroke in 2:26.64.



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