Eighteen-time Olympic gold medallist Michael Phelps won the 100m butterfly at the USA National Championships in a world-best time – a day after doing the same in the 200m butterfly.
Phelps, excluded from the World Championships by USA Swimming after a drink-drive conviction, clocked 50.45 seconds.
Hours earlier, South African rival Chad Le Clos swam 50.56 to win world gold.
“I haven’t been that fast in a really long time,” Phelps, 30, said.
On Friday Phelps
in one minute 52.94 seconds at the meet in San Antonio, Texas – 0.54 seconds faster than Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh swam in winning the world title in Kazan, Russia.
Phelps, who was convicted of drink-driving in December and
now has a record 55 national titles.