Phelps of the U.S. leans on a lane rope after his
men's 100m freestyle final at the Pan Pacific
swimming championships in Gold Coast, Australia,
Friday, Aug. 22, 2014
COAST, Australia — Michael Phelps placed fourth in his
first international final since coming out of retirement,
with Cameron McEvoy upstaging the most decorated swimmer
of all time to take the 100-meter freestyle title at the
Pan Pacific championships.
20-year-old McEvoy of Australia won in 47.82 seconds in
rainy conditions Friday night at the Gold Coast Aquatic
Centre's outdoor pool, edging Olympic champion Nathan
Adrian of the United States into second place at 48.30 and
world champion James Magnussen into third at 48.36.
more could I ask for?" McEvoy said. "I just felt
great the whole way. It was an honor to be in a race with
such great men — so much those guys have accomplished.
It's just good to be there."
said he wasn't surprised by McEvoy's win, saying
competition is intense in the 100 freestyle.
silly to think that it's just going to be James and I
winning every time," he said. "It's definitely
not a two-man game anymore."
the 18-time Olympic gold medalist, opened his program in
the morning heats and qualified third fastest, and went
marginally slower at 48.51 in the night final. He was
swimming a freestyle relay later Friday, and has butterfly
and medley events over the weekend as he seeks to qualify
for next year's world championships and the 2016 Olympics.
sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell finished 1-2 in the
women's 100 free, with Simone Manuel earning her first
international individual medal when she held off U.S.
teammate Missy Franklin for bronze. Cate Campbell swam the
fastest time of the year to qualify fastest for the final
in 52.62 seconds, and went a shade slower to win the gold
earlier 100 breaststroke finals, former 50 breaststroke
world champion Jess Hardy won her first Pan Pac title over
the 100 when she touched in 1 minute, 7.74 seconds,
beating Kanako Watanabe of Japan by four-hundredths of a
Yasuhiro Koseki won the men's gold medal in 59.62, edging
Brazil's Felipe Silva and New Zealander Glenn Snyders into
second and third. American swimmer Kevin Cordes was
disqualified for removing his goggles during the race.