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Michael Phelps wins 200m fly at Swimming Worlds for first gold medal

US swimmer Michael Phelps competes in the final of the men's 200-metre butterfly event in the FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai on Wednesday, July 27. He won gold. Christinne Muschi / Reuters; Francois Xavier Marit / AFP - Getty Images

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US swimmer Michael Phelps competes in the men's 200-metre individual medley in the FINA World Championships on Wednesday.

The AP reports:

SHANGHAI - There was no stopping Michael Phelps this time - and Federica Pellegrini still can't be stopped.

Michael Phelps wins the 200m butterfly final to capture his first gold medal of the 2011 World Swimming Championships.

Having failed to win his opening two events at the world championships, Phelps finally got gold in the 200-meter butterfly Wednesday. In the next event, Italy's Pellegrini won the 200 freestyle to become the first woman to sweep the 200 and 400 at consecutive worlds. Continue reading.


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