Michael Phelps won the 100-meter butterfly at the U.S. Olympic trials on Sunday to secure a spot in all eight swimming events at the London Games, though he'll only race in seven. Phelps started slow and made the turn in sixth place, but he sped up on the return lap to pass leader Tyler McGill for the win. He touched at 51.14 seconds, the fastest 100-meter time in the world this year. "That was a pretty crappy first 50 and a pretty terrible finish," said Phelps, who holds the world-record time at 49.82. Phelps will compete in the 100 and 200 butterfly, the 200 and 400 medley, and three relays. He dropped the 200 freestyle, which he won in the U.S. trials, to focus on the other events. Phelps won gold in every event in the 2008 Beijing Games.
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