October 21, 2014
STOCKHOLM (AP) - Michael Phelps has failed to qualify for the 100-meter freestyle final at a World Cup short-course meet in an old-style swimsuit.
Phelps finished 16th in the qualifying round with a time of 47.77 seconds. Eight swimmers advanced to the final later Tuesday, with Stefan Nystrand of Sweden recording the fastest qualifying time of 45.93.
Phelps was competing in the old-style swimsuit that will become the standard next year, while most other swimmers used faster high-tech suits.
Phelps said before the meet that he was not "in the best shape" but wanted to use the competition in Stockholm to test his form and the old-style swimsuit.