Michael Phelps Cranks Out 7th-Fastest 200y IM of All Time in Exhibition Race

As an exhibition race within the 2015 American Short Course Championships currently taking place at the Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center, the one and only Michael Phelps threw down a phenomenal 200y IM swim to signal his return to competition, unofficially that is.

The 22-time-Olympic medalist clocked an amazingly swift time of 1:40.84, which ranks the performance as the 7th-fastest 200y IM swim of all time.  However, with it being truly an exhibition swim while he’s under suspension, no record books will be updated with the result.

Phelps’ 1:40.58 from the Maryland Swimming Championships in Annapolis from 2010 is also on the all-time top performances list, which now has Stanford’s Dave Nolan at the top, after his American-record-setting performance of 1:40.07 from last night at the Pac-12 Championships.

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So he still has the magic touch then? Good


Wow, should have put him in the finals at the Pac12s.


Nothing like a fast swim or two and people will forget about the past issues! Hindsight, but maybe this set back helped him re-focus and get serious about training again. The only way he can redeem himself is to swim fast again.


the thing is : he hasn’t have to prove anyone he can swim fast anymore . It seems to me so clear . He does what he feels right to do and we will see the results in due time . For me , what happened in september is allready been forgotten since september . I put no focus on what he did , as i would do for myself . U can only live in the present moment / the past serving as a reminder to be aware of what not to repeat . Simple .

Caitlin Garrison

Except that it wasn’t so simple was it? This is the 2nd. Addiction is a complicated and serious thing.


The only way he can redeem himself is to swim fast again.

I disagree. No one thinks he’s bad in the pool – people want to see him be respectable and safe outside the pool.

Caitlin Garrison

I agree with you 1000%. After all he is the face of the sport. More power to him in the future.

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