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Phelps off to record start at trials

Updated: July 8, 2004, 3:59 PM ET
Associated Press

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Michael Phelps claimed the first spot on the U.S. Olympic swim team with a world-record performance. He believes he can go even faster in Athens.

The 19-year-old from Baltimore broke his own record in the 400-meter individual medley with a time of 4 minutes, 8.41 seconds Wednesday on the opening night of the trials.

"I wanted to go into the Olympics with the fastest time in the world," he said.

Phelps set the previous record of 4:09.09 last year ...

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