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Phelps gets close to medley record in victory

Updated: August 4, 2006, 11:47 PM ET
Associated Press

IRVINE, Calif. -- Michael Phelps flirted with his own world record in the 200-meter individual medley before settling for a victory over Ryan Lochte in the U.S. Summer National swimming championships Friday night.

Phelps was under world-record pace through the opening two legs of the four-stroke race. But he fell off during the breaststroke, when the crowd chanted, "Pull! Pull!", and had Lochte bearing down on him during the freestyle.

Phelps touched in 1 minute, 56.50 seconds. ...

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