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Michael Phelps settles for silver in 100m butterfly

Irvine (United States): Olympic great Michael Phelps settled for silver in the 100m butterfly on Friday at the US Swimming Championships.

Michael Phelps competes in the 100m butterfly event on Friday. Pic/PTI
Michael Phelps competes in the 100m butterfly event on Friday. Pic/PTI 

Tom Shields edged Phelps by one one-hundredth of a second, taking the gold in 51.29sec to Phelps' 51.30.

It was a disappointment for Phelps, the 18-time Olympic gold medalist who had clocked the fastest time in the world this year in the morning heats of 51.17sec.

The 29-year-old is swimming just his fourth meet since ending a near two-year retirement in April.

The runner-up finish was likely good enough to book Phelps' first spot in a major international competition since the London Games.

The meet is the qualifier for the Pan Pacific Championships in Gold Coast, Australia, from August 21-25, the biggest international meet for US swimmers this year.

The meet is the qualifier for the Pan Pacific Championships in Gold Coast, Australia, from August 21-25, the biggest international meet for US swimmers this year.

Results from this week and the PanPacs will determine the US team for the 2015 World Championships in Russia, a key stepping stone on the road to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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