Phelps takes 100 back in Michigan Grand PrixANN ARBOR, Mich. - Michael Phelps won his third event at the Michigan Grand Prix, beating Ryan Lochte in the 100 backstroke in a pool record 54.15 seconds Saturday.
The victory came after Phelps struggled in the 200 butterfly, finishing fourth in 1 minute, 57.79 seconds.
“It kind of stinks to have a run like I’ve had in that race end today, but it’s better to happen here than farther down the road,’’ Phelps said. “If this isn’t a wake-up call, I’m not sure what is.’’
China’s Wu Peng, who trains with Ann Arbor-based Club Wolverine, won in 1:56.62.
The victory came in Wu’s first head-to-head swim against Phelps and probably earned him a spot on the Chinese world championship team.
“I’m very happy with my results today,’’ Wu said through a translator. “It could be a little bit better, but I’m pleased.
“I’m very glad I had this opportunity and it will allow me to further do well in my competitions in the future.’’
Phelps has been building toward a full training cycle as he prepares for what is likely his final Olympic appearance in the 2012 London Games.
He won five gold medals at last month’s Indianapolis Grand Prix, but knew he had to start pushing himself more than he had been.
It’s kind of like playing with fire,’’ Phelps said. “Everything is going to catch up with you and it’s only a matter of time.’’