SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Michael Phelps easily qualified Friday for the 200-meter butterfly final at the Santa Clara International Grand Prix.
Phelps touched in 1 minute, 57.45 seconds, making him the fastest qualifier for Friday night's final in the outdoor pool. The 14-time Olympic gold medalist owns the world record of 1:52.03 that he set at the Beijing Games.
He blew away his competition in the morning preliminaries, swimming 0.44 seconds faster than Samuel McGraw, the second-leading qualifier.
Phelps is competing in his second meet since his three-month suspension by USA Swimming ended last month. He was penalized after a photo surfaced of him using what appeared to be a marijuana pipe.
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