Video: Michael Phelps Takes First Win Of 2016

Michael Phelps kicked off his new year with a victory in his first race of the 2015 Arena Pro Swim Series at Austin on Friday evening. The time is the fastest Phelps has ever been in January, including two-tenths of a second faster than he was to kick off the last Olympic season in 2012.

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30-year-old Michael Phelps raced his way to a solid win tonight, taking gold in the sprint fly event in a time of 51.94. That mark sits within MP’s Top 10 since coming out of retirement and is a solid start to his 2016 season. Phelps pulled a dirty double, having already swum the 100m freestyle tonight, where he finished out of the medals (6th, 49.77). Splits for Phelps in this fly race were 24.69/27.25 and his signature smooth stroke came on strong to beat out a surging Tom Shields

Shields split 24.85/27.54 to claim runner-up to Phelps in a time of 52.39. Tim Phillips registered a mark of 52.61 for 3rd place tonight.

Phelps now owns the world’s 2nd- and 5th-fastest times in the event so far this season.

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8 years ago

That last 50..

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