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Weber-Gale wins US men's 100m free title

Garrett Weber-Gale, stung by a sub-par relay performance at the swimming World Championships, bounced back with a 100m freestyle victory at the US championships on Friday.

Weber-Gale won the 100m free in 48.87sec, overtaking his Texas training partner Jimmy Feigen, who was second in 48.99.

At the recently concluded World Championships in Shanghai, Weber-Gale was disappointing in the Michael Phelps-led US 4x100m freestyle relay, which settled for bronze.

He blamed himself for the Americans' loss to Australia.

"That really bothered me for several days. I felt sick about it, I felt embarrassed about it," Weber-Gale said. "I guess everyone has an occasional swim like that."

Elizabeth Beisel, who won the 400m individual medley world title in China, was glad to get a chance to claim a national title in the 200m backstroke – an event in which she finished fifth at the worlds.

"I wasn't happy at all with my performance in Shanghai, I feel like there's closure," she said after winning the 200m back national title in 2:08.81.

"It's a true testament to all the work I've put in to be able to handle this type of schedule. No matter how tired I am, I still have that fire and I want to win."

Olympian Kathleen Hersey won the women's 200m butterfly in 2:07.61. Hersey didn't make it out of the semifinals of the event at the worlds.

"I let myself get really nervous and it really affected my performance," she said of her Shanghai disappointment. "I let it get away from me that I actually had a shot at a medal. This race was conquering a lot of demons."

In other events, Conor Dwyer capitalised on the absence of Ryan Lochte to win the 200 individual medley in 1:59.19.


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