- Only a fraction of a second separated long-time rivals Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps in the heats of the 100-metres butterfly at the rainswept Pan Pacific Championships in Australia on Saturday.
Lochte was two-hundredths of a second quicker than Phelps from their respective heats as they vie for their first individual gold medal at the Gold Coast meet.
Lochte clocked 51.55 seconds while Phelps finished strongly to win his heat in 51.57.
Swimmers had to contend with blustery wet conditions in the coastal outdoor pool on the third day of the four-day meet.
"It's crazy with the sideways rain," Phelps said. "It's a little chilly, but we're all under the same conditions."