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Michael Phelps ready for individual events at world championships

Michael Phelps is in China this week, competing at the world swimming championships. The first individual event for Michael Phelps will be the 200-meter freestyle race Tuesday night.

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Cielo and three teammates tested positive for furosemide, a banned diuretic, at a meet in Rio de Janeiro in May. After the Brazilian swimming federation gave Cielo a warning, swimming governing body FINA appealed the decision to the CAS, which upheld the Brazilian ruling.

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Cielo said he consumed the drug in a contaminated batch of a food supplement he regularly uses.

"I'm so glad that I can be here to swim," he said. "The gold medal encourages me to train harder and go higher in the future."

The ruling prompted an outcry from other swimmers, who called it unfair, and there were some whistles in the crowd after his victory.

"It's difficult for him," Targett said. "I'm not going to speak for my friend, but I lived with the guy and I know exactly what he's going through. At times like this, you find out who your real friends are."

Targett called Kenya's Jason Dunford, who finished seventh, a "sore loser" for allegedly putting his thumbs down after the race.

Dale Oen was timed in 58.71 for his victory. Fabio Scozzoli of Italy took the silver and Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa won the bronze. Olympic champion Kosuke Kitajima of Japan finished fourth.

Host China claimed its first gold when 15-year-old Ye Shiwen rallied from fifth to first during the freestyle leg in the women's 200 individual medley. She won in 2:08.90.

Australia's Alicia Coutts was second in 2:09.00, and defending champion Ariana Kukors of the United States took the bronze in 2:09.12.

Olympic champion Stephanie Rice of Australia was fourth, followed by American Caitlin Leverenz.

It was Coutts' second silver medal of the night. She lost to Vollmer in the 100 fly, with Lu Ying of China finishing third.

In the 100 breaststroke semifinals, defending champion Rebecca Soni of the United States coasted through the semifinals in 1:04.91 — 1.75 seconds ahead of Aussie rival Leisel Jones.

American Amanda Beard finished 15th and didn't advance.

In Tuesday's final, Soni has a strong chance to become the first swimmer to break a long-course world record since the return to textile suits 1½ years ago.

"I don't worry about that, it just puts too much pressure," she said. "If I do, that's great. If not, it's OK. I'm just going to have fun with it."

Olympic champion Natalie Coughlin of the United States advanced to Tuesday's 100 backstroke final with the fastest time of 59.38.

In the men's 100 back semifinals, Jeremy Stravius of France was the quickest qualifier in 52.76. Also advancing were Americans David Plummer and Nick Thoman.

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