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Phelps posts second-best 200 free in world this year


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Taking care not to push himself too hard and too stay on pace, star Olympian Michael Phelps cruised to a 200 freestyle win Friday at the Columbus Grand Prix in the second-best time in the world this year.

In his first meet since spending more than three weeks at altitude in Colorado, the 14-time gold medalist won easily in 1:48.41 - second only to France's Yannick Agnel's 1:45.42 this year in Nice.

Another Olympic gold medalist, Natalie Coughlin, won the 100 butterfly in 59.17. Like Phelps, that also set a meet record. Her time was the seventh best in the world this year.

The meet, at Ohio State's McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, is the fourth in the seven-event Grand Prix series.

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