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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