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IRVINE, California, August 18. AUSTRALIA's Nick D'Arcy was just keeping the top ranking in the men's 200 fly warm for superstar Michael Phelps until Phelps had the chance to post a tapered time at the Pan Pacific Championships.
Phelps ripped off a 1:54.11 to win his pet event at Pan Pacs, and clear D'Arcy's previous top-ranked time of 1:54.61 set at the Australian Nationals in March. The win gave Phelps his second in a row in the event at Pan Pacs, having won in 2006 with a 1:53.80.
D'Arcy finished second in the race with a 1:54.73, finishing off his season-best and now second-ranked effort. Japan's Takeshi Matsuda wound up third in 1:54.81 to move to third in the world, while China's Wu Peng took fourth in 1:55.36 for fifth in the world.
Brazil's Kaio Marcio Almeida (1:55.66), Japan's Ryusuke Sakata (1:56.04), USA's Tyler Clary (1:56.83) and Canada's Stefan Hirniak (1:57.94) placed fifth through eighth in the finale.
Brazil's Leonardo De Deus finished first in the B final with a time of 1:56.86.
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