(Reuters) - Michael Phelps swam the second-fastest time ever recorded in a standard swimsuit as he blew away the field to win the 100 meters butterfly at the U.S. championships in San Antonio on Saturday.
The most decorated Olympian of all-time led from start to finish, clocking a stunning 50.45 seconds.
Phelps's time was faster than the 50.56 South African Chad LeClos clocked to win the same event at the world championships in Russia only hours earlier.
LeClos, after his victory, trash-talked Phelps, who declined to get involved in a slanging match when asked about the comments in a poolside interview.
American Ian Crocker has the fastest time, 50.40, in the non-high tech suit era, set back in 2005. The high-tech suits were banned in 2010.
(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Larry Fine)