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Michael Phelps finishes seventh in 100-meter freestyle final
Michael Phelps finishes seventh in 100-meter freestyle final

IRVINE, Calif. -- Michael Phelps began the most important meet of his comeback Wednesday with a stroke he admitted was shaky in a race he has rarely attempted against the best competition. That set-up led to an uncustomary disappointing result, with Phelps finishing seventh in the 100-meter freestyle final at the Phillips 66 National Championships. He finished behind winner Nathan Adrian, longtime rival Ryan Lochte and North Baltimore Aquatic Club teammate Conor Dwyer. Phelps’ time of 49.17 seconds in the evening final was actually worse than his 48.77 seconds from morning preliminaries. After a solid start in the final, Phelps said he missed touching the wall at the 50-meter...

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