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Phelps claims 100 free in Montreal

MICHAEL Phelps swept both events he entered at the Canada Cup in Montreal, though he gave himself a split decision on his performance in his last two races leading up to next month's US nationals.

Phelps won the 100-meter freestyle on Sunday in the pool that hosted the 1976 Olympics after posting a personal best time there in winning Saturday's 100 butterfly.

His time of 48.65 seconds in the 100 freestyle improved on the 48.87 he swam one week earlier, when he finished second to defending world champion Brent Hayden of Canada in Santa Clara, California.

"I'm sort of everywhere where I want to be, except in the 100 free," he said. "I want to be faster in that."

Phelps was asked his position on high-tech swimsuits with FINA due to issue its newly approved list yesterday. "I think it should be a level playing field for everybody, no matter what suit you're wearing, and that's about it," said Phelps, who pointed out that he wears an approved Speedo LZR suit and has "nothing to worry about."

He hit the first turn in the 100 in 23.59 seconds, 0.20 ahead of Australian Matt Targett. He held onto his margin on the second length but was unable to add much more distance between himself and Targett, who finished second in 48.87.

George Bovell of Trinidad and Tobago was third through the first length, hitting the turn in 23.82. He lost time on the second length, but held onto third, finishing in 49.85.

One day earlier, the 14-time Olympic gold medalist won the 100 butterfly in 50.48.

The Montreal meet is Phelps' final tuneup for the July 7-11 US nationals, where the team will be selected for the world championships to be held in Rome from July 17 to August 2.


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