ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Michael Phelps’ form deserted him Sunday night.
Phelps, winner of 18 Olympic golds and 22 medals overall, was beaten by Yannick Agnel in the 100-meter freestyle at the Bulldog Grand Slam.
Agnel, who won two gold medals for France at the 2012 London Olympics and trains with Phelps at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, won with a time of 49.37 to Phelps’ 49.42.
“I’m not really too pumped about tonight. My stroke kind of felt bad,” Phelps said. “Tonight, as soon as I took my first stroke, I felt kind of blah. It happens from time to time.”
Phelps and other top U.S. swimmers used this weekend’s meet at the University of Georgia to help prepare for the National Championships, which will be held Aug. 6-10 in Irvine, California.
Phelps won the 100-meter butterfly on Friday and the 100-meter backstroke on Saturday before swimming his final race on Sunday.
Agnel, who won the 200-meter freestyle and was a part of France’s winning 400-meter freestyle relay team at the London Games, touched the wall just before Phelps.
“It’s good to get racing after being out of everything for almost two years,” Phelps said. “That’s the most important thing, to get as many races under my belt as I can before I get to nationals.”
Ryan Lochte won the 200 individual medley in 1:58.65, defeating Chase Kalisz (1:59.38).
Allison Schmitt, a six-time Olympic medalist who won three golds at the London Games, won the women’s 100 freestyle with a time of 54.64. Megan Romano was second in 54.93 and Amanda Weir was third in 55.17.
In other events, Becca Mann won the women’s 800 freestyle, Melanie Margalis took the women’s 200 IM, Kylie Stewart the women’s 200 backstroke, Michael Klueh the men’s 1,500 freestyle and Tyler Clary the men’s 200 backstroke.
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