"This next year is going to be pretty damn fun," a laughing Phelps said after posting the fastest time in the world this year -- eclipsing Hungarian Laszlo Cseh's world championship-winning time of 1:53.48 in Kazan, Russia, this week.
It's the fastest time Phelps has produced in the event since he set the world record of 1:51.51 in 2009 -- and is two-hundredths of a second faster than the 1:52.96 South African Chad Le Clos swam to deny Phelps gold at the London Olympics in 2012.
"It's a good feeling to be back," Phelps said. "I think we're in a pretty good place right now."
Phelps was cheered wildly by fans in San Antonio, who stamped on the bleachers and screamed as he squinted to see his time. When he did, Phelps gave a little "number one" wag of his finger, and as the cheers grew slapped the water in celebration.
"It's good to do it on my own soil -- in the country that I represent," said Phelps, whose drunk-driving arrest last September cost him his world championships berth.

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