2012 Olympic Swimming Trials: Michael Phelps Wins 100M Butterfly

IRVINE CA - AUGUST 07: Michael Phelps reacts after his swim in the 200 LC Meter Backstroke Final during the 2010 ConocoPhillips National Championships at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Complex on August 7 2010 in Irvine California. Phelps finished fourth. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

A dramatic kick allowed Phelps to recover from a slow start and continue racking up first-place finishes.

The 100 meter butterfly has always been one of the more difficult races for Michael Phelps, and when he got off to a slow start in the final race, it looked like he might be mortal after all.

However, on the kick, Phelps raced past his competition as he stayed underwater for what seemed like an eternity, which allowed him to hold off Tyler McGill, who earned a berth on the Olympic team with a second-place finish.

Phelps' time of 51.14 was the fastest in the world this year, while McGill's time of 51.32 was the second.

Ryan Lochte narrowly missed qualifying for yet another individual race himself, coming in third at 51.65, which was the fourth-fastest time in the world this year.

You can find more information on the week's events at the official USA Swimming website.

Stay with our StoryStream for the latest from the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Swimming in Omaha, Neb., as Team USA is decided.

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