Phelps wins 200m freestyle at Canada Cup

Montreal: American swimming star Michael Phelps easily won the 200 metre freestyle, finishing more than two seconds ahead of compatriot Matthew Patton at the Canada Cup swim event.

The 14-time Olympic gold medallist on Saturday clocked one minute, 47.46 seconds for the win with Patton finishing second at 1:49.87. Canada`s Ryan Cochrane was third in 1:50.08.

"I didn’t feel I really had it in the first 100," said Phelps. "Usually that part of the race is a bit smoother for me.”

"Speed has always been something easy for me to achieve and I?m also trying to get my endurance back. So this makes this a bit more challenging."

Competition ends Sunday in the Canada Cup which is a tune up for the World Championships in two weeks in Shanghai, China.

Phelps won a record eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and set seven world records, becoming the most decorated Olympic athlete in history.

In 2009, a British tabloid published a photo of Phelps using a marijuana pipe, resulting in a three-month suspension by USA Swimming.

Other winners in men`s competition included Scott Dickens of Canada in the 100 breaststroke and Matt Hawes of Canada in the 100 backstroke.

On the women`s side, Canada`s Katerine Savard won the 50-metre butterfly and compatriot Tera Van Beilen finished first in the 100 breaststroke.

Bureau Report