Phelps Not Happy With Paris Meet

Phelps Not Happy With Paris Meet


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

June 27, 2010

Michael Phelps is going back to the drawing board.

After competing at the two-day Paris Open that ended on Sunday, Phelps, 25, said he was “furious” with himself after a poor showing.

“Am I upset? Yes, very,” Phelps said.

The 14-time Olympic gold medalist competed in four events over two days after high-altitude training in Colorado Springs.

He won the 200-meter butterfly and the 200-meter individual medley but was only the third fastest in the 200-meter freestyle and sixth in the 100-meter freestyle.

On Sunday, he finished third in the 200 freestyle in 1:47.54 while Frenchman Yannick Agnel set a national record of 1:46.30. He won the 200 IM in 1:58.95.

“I am disappointed,” Phelps said. “But I know as well it’s my fault. I blame myself. You’ve got to be responsible for your own actions.

“I didn’t train exactly when I should have. We see the result this weekend. I hoped to be faster. There are a lot of things that could have been better.

“I’m not worried but angry and that acts as a motivator for me. Let’s hope this is a wakeup call. If it’s not, then I have to change a lot. In the 200 freestyle I started quite well but then everything went wrong. I had hoped my training would give me better results.”

Olympic and world champion Cesar Cielo of Brazil won the 50-meter freestyle in 21.55.

Phelps, preparing for nationals and Pan Pacific trials, will remain in France for a week to train in Vichy, where the U.S. team will have a training camp before the 2012 London Olympics.

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