Michael Phelps, aiming to add to his tally of 18 Olympic gold medals at the Rio de Janeiro Games, was beaten again on Saturday at an invitational swimming meeting in Austin, Texas.
The 30-year-old US superstar came straight from hard training into the tuneup meet for the Olympic trials in Omaha this month.
He finished fourth in the 200m freestyle won by Townley Haas in 1min 47.86sec, with Phelps, clocking 1min 48.73.
The setback came a day after Phelps won the 100m free and finished second to Singapore’s Joseph Schooling in the 100m butterfly.
The meeting is one of three elite events this weekend where US swimmers are warming up for the demands of trials, and overseas competitors are prepping for the Rio Games themselves.
In other Austin action, American Chase Kalisz posted the third-fastest time in the world this year in the 400m individual medley, winning in 4:11.51.
Allison Schmitt defeated Missy Franklin for the second straight night, triumphing in the 200m free in 1:56.87 to Franklin’s 1:57.78.
Franklin won the 200m backstroke in 2:09.45.
At the Indianapolis Pro Swim, American David Plummer notched the fastest time in the world this year in the 100m backstroke, winning in a sizzling 52.40sec.
“We’ve been working a ton on holding tempo, trying to get that speed up to where it needs to be and just holding it right at the quickest tempo I can hold,” Plummer said. “I feel like it’s really starting to come around.”
At the Pro Swim in Santa Clara, California, Emma McKeon won the women’s 50m free in 24.85, leading an Australian one-two finish ahead of Brittany Elmslie.
Aussie Emily Seebohm won the 100m backstroke in 58.96.
China’s Sun Yang, who won the men’s 200m free on Friday with the fastest time in the world this year, topped the qualifying times for the 400m free on Saturday in 3:43.55 — second best of 2016 behind the 3:41.65 of Mack Horton at the Australian Olympic trials in April.
Sun scratched the final, which was won by American Conor Dwyer in 3:46.09.
Become a SmartKids Asia Philippines exhibition partner
After a successful two-year run in 2014 and 2015, SmartKids Asia Philippines (SKAP), the largest edutainment kids’ fair in the continent, will once again treat Filipino families to the kind of fun learning experience it alone can provide from Jan. 28 to 29, 2017, at the SMX Convention Center. And like before, it’s looking to partner with family-oriented brands, products and services to become part of its top-notch exhibitors.
Originating from Malaysia 14 years ago, then subsequently conquering Singapore, Indonesia, India and the Philippines, SmartKids Asia brings together interactive booths, engaging classes, exciting stage performances and many other innovative activities for the whole family to enjoy. Ultimately, SmartKids Asia aims to help parents or guardians discover where the interests and potential of their kid lay; whether in music, arts, sports, culinary arts or in other fields.
In a country where family bonding is deeply treasured, SKAP has enjoyed immense success, benefiting both participants and exhibitors. When launched in 2014, SKAP’s two-day run showcased 76 exhibitors and gathered over 4000 visitors, which include children aged 3 to 17. In the following year, it enjoyed a marked increase — 109 exhibitors joined the event, attracting over 10,000 visitors.
On January 2017, SmartKids Asia Philippines plans to throw the biggest children’s party in the country. Companies interested to put their names front and back before the audience of the country’s biggest edutainment extravaganza, may contact Dyan Gonzales of Sales and Marketing at 0917-8691619 or (02) 790-7800 for a presentation of SKAP’s exciting exhibitors’ packages and other marketing opportunities.