Phelps Fails to Make Finals in Stockholm
The star attraction in the Swedish leg of the short-course Swimming World Cup , Olympic champion Michael Phelps, failed to qualify for the finals of the 100 metres freestyle and 100 backstroke events after choosing not to wear the high tech bodysuits which have shaved seconds of swimming times and will be banned from January next year.
The eight times gold medal winner from the Beijing Olympics clocked 47.77 seconds, the 16th fastest time and 1.84secs slower than the best time set by Sweden's Stefan Nystrand (45.93 secs).
The Stockholm meeting was the first time that Phelps has taken part in a short-course event since 2006 and the first time in Europe since 2001, also in Stockholm.
Phelps said before the meet that he was not "in the best shape" but wanted to use the competition in Stockholm to test his form and the old-style swimsuit.
He is entered for five races in Sweden and will go on to compete in Berlin at the weekend.