– Michael Phelps easily won the 200m butterfly on the first day of swimming at the Paris Open before finishing in a disappointing last in the 100 freestyle.
In the 200, Phelps took the lead early and did not let it go until he won with 1 minute 55.70 seconds. He was followed by the French Christophe Lebon and Jordan Coelho.
The U.S. swimmer competed in the 100m freestyle half an hour later and finished eighth. The Frenchman Fabien Gilot won with 48.65.
“I’m glad to have been able to get to the finish first because it was a high level competition, although we all know that Michael (Phelps) is not a specialist in 100 freestyle,” Gilot said. “His time will come.”
Running in lane next to the first world champion Cesar Cielo of Brazil, Phelps started slow and ended with 49.70.
“I think in general, to summarize, it is not terrible,” said Phelps. “I’m happier with the butterfly. I think there is still much to do.”
Phelps will also compete in the 200 freestyle and 200 individual medley on Sunday.
“I will try to recover everything we can,” he predicted. “It will be a tough day.”
Phelps, who turns 25 later this month, holds the record for most gold medals in one Olympics with the eight that won at the Games in Beijing 2008. He is competing in Paris as part of its preparations for the classification granting U.S. slots for the Pan-Pacific championships in Irvine, California.
“I’m a little disappointed with the race,” Phelps said of the 100 freestyle. ”It tells me where I am at this point in time. I know I can be much faster. ”
Sky finished fifth with 49.23.
Olympic champion Alain Bernard of France, failed to qualify for the 100 freestyle. He was the eighteenth time in the series standings with 50.44.