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Phelps turns on style

SWIMMING

Published 28/07/2011 | 05:00

MICHAEL PHELPS is used to celebrating 200m butterfly victories but the American's gold medal at the World Championships in Shanghai was particularly sweet.

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The win not only came one year to the day before he begins his final Olympic Games campaign in London, but also helped atone for a series of recent losses in what has been his signature event for the best part of a decade.

The American exploded off the blocks and led for the first 100m before Takeshi Matsuda had a phenomenal turn and the pair raced stroke-for-stroke down the third length in which the Japanese swimmer took a narrow lead. Phelps then did exactly what Matsuda had done 50m earlier as his turn for home propelled him back in front and he held on to win in 1:53.34.

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