Phelps predicts record drought will end at worlds

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GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) -- Michael Phelps is predicting
swimming's long world record drought will be broken at the world
championships in Shanghai later this month.

And the 26-year-old American is probably best qualified to know.

Phelps has dominated the sport, winning eight of his 14 Olympic gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games, and is competing in up to seven events at worlds.

The world record drought has reached 18 months in the Olympic-size 50-meter pool since a ban on rubberized suits.

Phelps says, "People just want it more now."

"We're going to see faster swimming than we've really ever seen," Phelps said Friday. "There are going to be a lot faster swims than even the Olympics or the world swimming championships in '09 -- even with the 'suits' we have now."

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