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Phelps In Line For 5th Medal At Minneapolis GP

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Michael Phelps is in position to win his fifth medal at the Minneapolis Grand Prix after swimming the top preliminary time in the 200-meter individual medley Sunday.

Phelps touched the wall in 2 minutes, 2.23 seconds. He has already won the 100 and 200 butterfly events, as well as the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke during the three-day competition at the University of Minnesota.

The 200 individual medley could become the awaited matchup between Phelps and U.S. teammate Ryan Lochte, who finished with the third-fastest preliminary time in 2:04.15. Darian Townsend was third in 2:02.98.

Lochte had the top preliminary time in the 200 backstroke at 2:00.49.

Missy Franklin finished with the top preliminary times in the women’s 200 individual medley in 2:15.12 and 200 backstroke in 2:13.98.

The finals are scheduled for Sunday night.

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