x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 January 2018

Phelps still has drive to compete

The eight-time Beijing Olympics gold medallist swims a personal best in the 100m butterfly to show he is not resting on his laurels.

Michael Phelps's performance at the Canada Cup in Montreal last weekend has suggested the American is not resting on his laurels of having won a record eight gold medals at the Beijing Games. Phelps swam a personal-best time of 50.48secs in winning the 100m butterfly on Saturday, flirting with the world record set in the same pool four years ago by his compatriot Ian Crocker. Competing in the pool used at the 1976 Olympics, he improved on his previous best of 50.58 set at the 2008 Olympics. "This pool is still in great shape," Phelps said.

On Saturday, he narrowly missed Crocker's world record of 50.40 set during the 2005 world championships. But Phelps was pleased with his motivation levels. "The intensity is still there, the drive to compete is still there, the love to swim is still there, so right now it's just getting back into better shape," he added. * With agencies