World Swimming: Day 3

Michael Phelps didn’t win and the world didn’t stop turning. Go figure!

Phelps took silver in his first individual final, the 200 freestyle, on Tuesday. German Paul Biedermann broke Phelps’ world record in 1:42, with Phelps coming in at 1:43.3. But Phelps fans shouldn’t worry. His best time is 1:42.9, and he did take six months off. That’s a very long time in terms of swimming, and training, for an elite athlete.

The two-time Olympic champion in the 200 fly, Phelps finished second in his semifinal heat in 1:53.48. The 200 fly is Phelps’ best event, he’s a beautiful flyer, barely coming out of the water and it just suits his body. He had a little more than an hour rest after the 200 free final.Americans went 1, 3 in the finals of the 100 breast with Rebecca Soni cementing herself as the best in the world with a time of 1:05.75. And, surprise!, rookie Kasey Carlson took the bronze in 1:04.93.

Don’t forget, Nathan is back competing in the 100 free next. The prelims are at midnight (tonight) and can be seen online at universalsports.com, with the semifinals Wednesday at 9 a.m. The finals are Thursday.

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