Michael Phelps tired near the end to finish a distant second to France’s Yannick Agnel in the 200-meter freestyle at the Arena Grand Prix at Santa Clara on Saturday.
Olympic champion Agnel led Phelps narrowly after 100 meters but extended his lead over his fellow North Baltimore Aquatic Club member in the second half to clock 1 minute, 46.99 seconds.
Phelps was second in 1:48:20, more than five seconds slower than his American record of 1:42.96, set at the 2008 Olympics. Conor Dwyer, also from NBAC, was third in 1:48.36.
"I got left like I was standing still in the last 50 by this guy,” Phelps, standing next to Agnel, told Universal Sports, describing it as his...