Michael Phelps wins the gold medal at the FINA Swimming World Championship

July 27th, 2011 - 11:51 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Shanghai, July 27 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Michael Phelps won the gold medal in the 200-meter butterfly race at the FINA Swimming World Championships which is ongoing in the Chinese city of Shanghai. The US swimmer picked the gold on Wednesday when he beat Japanese swimmer Takeshi Matsuda with the time of 1 minute and 53.34 seconds.

Phelps had previously called the 200-meter butterfly race his “bread and butter event.” He was right in saying that because he had won the world title on four previous occasions.

Phelps was however given a rude shock when he ended fourth in a 200-meter butterfly race in April.

Shortly after winning the contest on Wednesday, Phelps said that, “I feel like I’m kind of getting back. I felt like my old self the last 100 (meters) of that race — especially, really, the last 25. I didn’t feel like I was dying, like I could barely get my arms out of the water, like there was a piano on my back.”

Phelps’ trainer Bob Bowan agreed with the assertion that the swimmer reacted to the warning signs in April.

Phelps hadn’t lost at a 200-meter butterfly race until his loss in April. This is the first gold for Phelps at the world championships. He has already bagged silver in the 200-freestyle race and was third with the US relay team in the 4X100 race.

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