updated 8/10/2008 7:36:38 AM ET 2008-08-10T11:36:38

Michael Phelps has advanced out of the Olympic 200-meter freestyle preliminaries, qualifying fourth-fastest about nine hours after the American won a gold medal in the 400 individual medley.

Phelps never led in his heat and touched in 1 minute, 46.48 seconds, well off his world record set at last year’s world championships.

Dominik Meichtry of Switzerland led the way in 1:45.80. Jean Basson of South Africa was second-quickest in 1:46.31, followed by Canadian Brent Hayden.

American Peter Vanderkaay also moved on to Monday’s semifinals.

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