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Michel Phelps wins 200m backstroke

Updated: June 19, 2011, 12:29 AM ET
Associated Press

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Michael Phelps' rearranged schedule was on full display Saturday night.

The 14-time Olympic gold medalist found a new event to dominate, easily winning the 200-meter backstroke at the Santa Clara International Grand Prix after rival Ryan Lochte was a healthy scratch.

Phelps led the entire way and touched the wall more than 3 seconds ahead of the competition at 1 minute, 57.05 seconds. Mitchell Larkin was second and Matthew Swanston third.

"It's fun. Just ...

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