US Swimming Championships: Michael Phelps Distant Seventh in 100m Free Final

Michael Phelps, an 18-time Olympic champion, was especially frustrated because he thought he had warmed up well, but once he was in the turn he knew that he wouldn't have enough momentum coming off the wall to mount any second-lap challenge.

updated: August 07, 2014 13:40 IST
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Michael Phelps Free Final
Michael Phelps reacts after his seventh place finish in the Men's 100 Meter Freestyle Final during the 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships at the Woollett Aquatic Center on August 6, 2014 in Irvine, California.


Irvine, USA: A botched turn Wednesday ruined Michael Phelps' first bid to qualify for his first international meet since the London Olympics, with the superstar admitting: "It stinks."

Phelps, on the comeback trail after retiring, finished a distant seventh in the 100m free final won by reigning Olympic champion Nathan Adrian at the US Swimming Championships, unable to recover after misjudging the turn.

"It just kind of stinks that I missed the first wall, but it's a part of racing," said Phelps, 29, who needed a top-four finish to book a spot in the US team for the Pan Pacific Championships August 21-25 in Gold Coast, Australia.

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