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Michael Phelps fails to qualify for IM final at Pan Pacific Championships

Michael Phelps, the world-record holder in the 400-meter individual medley, failed to qualify for the final of the event at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Irvine, Calif.

"I probably shouldn't have done it. Holy crap," Phelps told Amy Shipley of The Washington Post. "Oh, my God, that was painful. ... I definitely wasn't expecting those boys to come out and fire one like that in heat one [Phelps swam in the third heat]."

Phelps finished fourth overall with a time of 4 minutes, 15.38 seconds. Ryan Lochte finished first with a 4:08.77 and Tyler Clary was the second-fastest American with a 4:09.20. In this competition, only the top two swimmers from each country go to the final.

Phelps has not swum the 400-meter IM since Beijing, although he has swum 400-yard events.

By Cindy Boren  |  August 19, 2010; 2:39 PM ET
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