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After sixth-place finish in 100 backstroke, disappointed Michael Phelps vents: 'I hate this'
After sixth-place finish in 100 backstroke, disappointed Michael Phelps vents: 'I hate this'

IRVINE, Calif. — As he moves forward with his comeback, Michael Phelps can't always measure his progress the way he used to: in victories. Take the unusual position he found himself in Saturday at the Phillips 66 National Championships. The night before, he had lost by a whisker in the 100-meter butterfly, the race he has focused on most since coming out of retirement in April. Yet he had secured a place on the U.S. team for the Pan Pacific Championships this month in Australia. Phelps hadn't fretted over making a national team since he was 15 and seeking a spot in the 2000 Olympics. So with that minor relief, he turned to the 100 backstroke, an event he hardly had swum...

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