LOS ANGELES: Olympic superstar Michael Phelps saw plenty of room for improvement after winning the 200m butterfly at the wind-whipped Mesa Pro Swim on Friday in 1min 58.14sec.
“Not happy,” the 18-time Olympic gold medallist said after winning in a time that didn’t crack the top 20 in the world this year — a list led by the 1:54.14 of Japan’s Daiya Seto.
Phelps was in control at the 100m mark, but Pace Clark closed strong to finish second in 1:58.71 and Jonathan Gomez was third in 1:58.79.
Phelps said the wind, with gusts up to 30 mph (48 km/h) were a challenge.
“That wind, oh my gosh,” Phelps said. “I felt like I was moving backwards with about 15 meters to go going into that wall.”
Reigning Olympic 100m freestyle champion Nathan Adrian said it was howling so loudly in his ears he was afraid he wouldn’t hear the start of the 50m free.