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.