2016 Rio Olympics; Michael Phelps qualifies for his fifth Olympic Games

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Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, has qualified for his fifth Olympic Games after winning the US 200m butterfly trials.

The 22-time Olympic medalist finished first in the 200-m butterfly with a time of 1:54.84, three seconds shy of his 2009 world record, at the U.S. Olympic trials held in Omaha.

The win automatically secures his place on the U.S. squad and ticket to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The 18-time gold medalist retired after London 2012 before returning to the pool in 2014.

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He was arrested for drink-driving later that year and was banned from competitive swimming for six months.

Phelps, 31, said after qualifying: “That was probably harder than any swim I have had in my life.”

He is the first American male swimmer to make five Olympic teams.

Phelps said he felt the achievement was greater because of “the ups and downs we’ve gone through in and out of the pool to get to this point”.

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