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Posted on: Saturday, November 14, 2009

Swimming: Phelps finishes fifth in 200 butterfly final

Associated Press

BERLIN Michael Phelps has finished fifth in the 200-meter butterfly final at a short-course World Cup meet.

Nikolay Skvortsov of Russia, who had the fastest qualifying time, won the final in 1:50.58.

Phelps squeezed in as the eighth and last qualifier in the heats on Saturday.

The American swimmer, who won eight gold medals at last year's Beijing Olympics, finished in 1 minute, 52.26 seconds in the final. Phelps is competing in an old-style swimsuit that will become the standard on Jan. 1.