Kate shows off new royal style Down Under

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Kate’s dilemma: What to pack for a two-week trip, when your itinerary includes everything from state receptions and church services to toddler playdates and cricket games?

For the Duchess of Cambridge, who’s rounding up her trip to Australia and New Zealand with husband Prince William and 8-month-old son George, there were additional sartorial challenges: Do royals take off their shoes at the beach? And what’s the most ladylike way to climb into a fighter jet while in a pencil dress and high heels?

Here are some of the most talked-about fashion moments from Kate’s tour of Australia.

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ALL GROWN UP

Over the past two weeks, Kate, 32, delighted fashionistas with a non-stop parade of stately suit dresses by top designers mixed with her favourite style staples: Blazers, wedges, simple court shoes and demure day frocks.

Hems have crept below the knee, dresses are less figure-hugging, and sleeves also covered more of her arms.

It’s a wardrobe that’s markedly more “grown up” and more regal than before, royal watchers say. There’s also much more colour – bold, traffic-stopping hues – a choice that reflects her growing confidence, both as the face of a new generation of the British monarchy and as a style icon for women all over the world.

Among the hits: A minimalist dove-grey coat with structured shoulders by Alexander McQueen, worn with a matching hat to attend an Easter Sunday service.

“Kate’s Australian wardrobe choices has refined her take on regal chic, upping the polish and bringing a more ladylike and expensive sheen to her look,” said Katherine Ormerod, fashion editor at Grazia magazine.

CHIC BANANA

Kate mixed things up, with block colour outfits in bright shades straight from the crayon box: Canary yellow, vibrant green, sky blue, bright red. The standout look from the tour had to be the pencil dress in fluorescent yellow by Roksanda Ilincic.

William wasn’t sure he liked it: Kate told reporters he remarked that it made her “look like a banana.” But fashion editors were thrilled by the choice.

“It’s a colour favoured by the queen, and designed to allow her to stand out in a crowd,” said Avril Mair of Harper’s Bazaar. “I liked her Emilia Wickstead aquamarine dress for the same reason. She carries off colour brilliantly and I’d like to see her wear more of it.”

DIPLOMATIC DRESSING

Dressing for state visits isn’t just about glitz and glamor: It’s also a time-honoured royal tradition of paying tribute to the host country. Like Queen Elizabeth II and the late Princess Diana before her, Kate incorporated elements of her host nations into her wardrobe.

A bespoke black Jenny Packham dress worn to a state reception in New Zealand was adorned with a silver fern – the country’s national emblem. While sticking to her go-to British labels like LK Bennett and Hobbs, Kate also showed off a white cotton dress from the Australian brand Zimmerman, as well as a navy tweed suit by New Zealand-born designer Rebecca Taylor.

SPORTY CASUAL

In between all those state dinners and solemn ceremonies, the duchess had outings to the beach, the vineyard and the zoo – as well as a hands-on cricket match and a yachting challenge.

Casual wear is where Kate’s choice of attire didn’t get so much love from the fashion world. The British media noted that one of her dress-down outfits – skinny jeans, a navy nautical-style blazer, a striped top and wedge shoes – was the exact same look she wore for at least two past sporty engagements in London.

“No one wants to be remembered for thinking that cork-soled wedges are the epitome of sporting chic,” the Telegraph said.

RETHINKS FOR THE NEXT TOUR

First impressions count: When Kate touched down in New Zealand wearing a scarlet military style coat and matching pillbox hat, the outfit drew unkind comparisons to an air hostess’s uniform.

And those 4-inch wedges were the subject of much amusement when Kate sported them running at Sydney’s Manly Beach – a rather incongruous picture among the surfers and lifeguards.

The now-infamous shoes worked even less well when the royal couple visited a vineyard, causing a brief stumble on the grassy grounds.

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Sydney’s dawn service ‘one of the best’

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Corporal Kevin Rankin has been to many Anzac commemorations across the country during his years of service and he reckons Sydney’s dawn service is one of the best.

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“It was great, very good,” the bright-eyed soldier said.

“I went to Canberra last year and they’re all unique. But it doesn’t take away from how great this one is.”

Thousands were crammed into Martin Place, standing sombrely as dignitaries, veterans and serving defence personnel arrived in the early morning dark.

The service officially began when NSW Governor Marie Bashir entered, the last time she will do so in office.

Hymns were sung and memorial poems read before Ms Bashir pronounced The Dedication and laid a wreath on behalf of the NSW public.

NSW Premier Mike Baird, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison, federal deputy opposition leader Tanya Plibersek and state opposition leader John Robertson were in attendance along with consuls general from Turkey, New Zealand, Canada and France and the heads of the state’s emergency services.

Giving the commemorative address, Lieutenant General Ken Gillespie said it was important to remember the sacrifices made by diggers from all conflicts and their families.

“Their sacrifice, their ideals and their fame will continue to influence our society and give us great courage for the future,” he said.

“It has been written that a nation that cannot remember its dead will soon cease to be worth dying for.”

Mark James Weston served in Afghanistan with the fifth Australian Regiment from October 2010 to July 2011.

He’s been attending Anzac commemorations since he was a kid but it’s the first time he’s been to the service at Martin Place.

“Normally I just go to the Campbelltown one but it was very good,” he said, standing proud in a grey suit with his service medals over his heart.

“It was a different atmosphere. It’s good to see so many people here and a lot of kids as well.”

Afghanistan veterans will lead this march, expected to feature about 20,000 former and current defence personnel, and retired private Weston thinks this is a “good tribute” to the younger soldiers.

“A lot of people can easily recognise older veterans but I think it’s only been in the past decade younger veterans have had started coming into it,” he said.

“It’s nice to see the public seeing younger veterans more out the front and more common place.”

Before heading off into the dark streets to prepare for the upcoming march, Corporal Rankine, 39, had a question of his own.

“Where’s the nearest pub, mate?”

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James Franco calls selfies intimate

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US actor James Franco says his recent Instagram postings of him in bed – alone or not – are his way of sharing a “very kind of intimate portrait” of himself and to get people talking.

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“It’s not like I’m exposing myself or anything,” he said in an interview Thursday.

Franco says like everbody else he is just playing around with the selfie and Instagram phenomena to see what kind of reaction it evokes. He says when he takes pictures of himself, “It’s almost like it’s connected to you” and that by putting “that intimate space out there it’s kind of this new thing that we’re all getting used to.”

He also says that it “obviously causes a lot of stir,” noting that he was being asked about the photos by reporters.

The actor, author and director wrote in a New York Times essay last December titled “The Meanings Of The Selfie” that he has “become increasingly addicted to Instagram” and acknowledged that he has “been accused of posting too many of them.”

Franco was recently caught trying to pick up a Scottish teenage girl on the photo-sharing app. He later apologised on the morning talk show Live With Kelly and Michael, saying he used “bad judgment” and “learned my lesson.”

Lately the actor, who currently stars in Broadway’s Of Mine and Men, has been posting shirtless photos of himself in bed. He even posted one this week showing him in bed with one of the stars of Pretty Little Liars with the caption, Bed Selfie With Keegan Allen !! Time To Go Nuts.

Another selfie Keegan posted showed Franco smiling and that Keegan was wearing pants under their blanket.

Keegan has worked with Franco on three recent films: The Sound and the Fury, Bukowski and Palo Alto, which Franco was promoting in the interview and will be released on May 9.

Palo Alto is a coming of age tale that focuses on the complications, emotions and romantic highs and lows of teens in high school. It is based on several linked stories Franco authored, also stars Emma Roberts and was directed by Francis Ford Coppola’s granddaughter Gia.

Franco, who went to high school in Palo Alto in the 1990s, describes adolescence as “the major moment of transition” that is filled with “built-in drama.”

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Abducted girls Nigeria security agenda

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The safe release of scores of school girls abducted by militants last week topped the agenda of a meeting Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan held with political and military chiefs, a governor says.

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“The meeting clearly agreed that the issue of the moment is Chibok… and that we must do everything to ensure that these abducted children are retrieved and protected,” said Kayode Fayemi, who attended the meeting.

“The military assured us that they are doing everything in order to achieve this objective,” Fayemi, governor of southwest Ekiti state, told journalists after the meeting on Thursday.

The mass abduction early of girls from a school in Chibok, Borno state, last week was blamed on Boko Haram Islamist militants.

It has been described as one of the most shocking attacks in the group’s five-year extremist insurgency which has claimed thousands of lives.

Borno’s government said 129 students were taken from the Government Girls Secondary School when gunmen stormed the town on April 14.

The school’s principal, Asabe Kwambura, who later said she was working with parents to compile a complete registry of those taken, put the figure of girls abducted at 230.

More than 20 state governors as well as military and security chiefs attended Thursday’s meeting, which lasted several hours in the Nigerian capital.

It agreed on the need to mount massive security awareness and invest in the “deployment of advanced security technology and prevention of proliferation of small arms and light weapons”, two governors at the meeting said.

Some of the girls who escaped said the Islamists took the hostages to Borno’s Sambisa Forest area, where Boko Haram is known to have well-fortified camps.

Parents have trekked through the bushlands of the remote region in a desperate search for their daughters, pooling money to buy fuel for motorcycles and cars.

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Missing Giro was my choice says Porte

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Richie Porte has revealed that it was his decision rather than Team Sky’s to take him off their Giro d’Italia team in May.

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Sky announced their nine-man Giro team on Thursday, with Briton Peter Kennaugh, Dario Cataldo of Italy and Belarussian Kanstantin Siutsou leading the British team, who will be aiming for stage wins rather than overall GC success.

The team’s biggest names, the past two winners of the Tour de France Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, are also missing.

Wiggins is competing in the Tour of California in May while Froome is being rested ahead of the defence of his Tour de France title in July.

Earlier in the season, Porte had been slated to lead Sky for the first time at a Grand Tour in Italy but a bout of gastroenteritis, which forced him to abandon both the Tirreno-Adriatico and Tour of Catalunya, meant he had to pull out of the Italian extravaganza.

Instead he will again be Froome’s main lieutenant at July’s Tour de France.

“It was my decision, not the team’s and they’ve been really supportive and didn’t put any pressure on me whatsoever,” the Australian wrote in his blog on cyclingnews广西桑拿,.

“I would have loved to have raced the Giro but at Tirreno I went from being up there on one mountain stage, and in quite good condition, to being knelt over a toilet in my time trial position due to gastroenteritis.

“I thought that I was okay for Catalunya but I just had nothing in the tank and when you know, you just know.”

Porte has just spent two weeks training on the Mount Tiede volcano in Tenerife with Froome.

He says he’s riding himself into form and even admitted there was a slight temptation to go for the Giro, before deciding he doesn’t have enough time to reach peak condition for a three-week race.

Instead he is looking forward to tackling Sunday’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege race before going on to the Tour of Romandie next week.

“A month without racing feels like an eternity and no matter how much work you do at altitude, it’s still not the same,” added the 29-year-old Tasmanian.

“The reality is that you can’t lose three weeks of training so close to a grand tour.

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Python farewell show to show on big screen

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Cult comedy troupe Monty Python are heading back to cinemas after striking a deal to show their final ever gig on the big screen.

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The July 20 show at London’s O2 will be broadcast live in thousands of cinemas around the world, including Australia.

The Pythons, who made a string of hit films including Life of Brian, said: “Thanks to the wonderful invention of moving pictures, The Last Night of Monty Python is coming to a cinema near you. Get your knotted handkerchiefs out and warm your brains one last time at any one of 450 cinemas across the UK, and 1500 across the world.

“Join the crowd live from London’s O2 in a final weepy, hilarious, uproarious, outrageous, farewell to the five remaining Pythons as they head for The Old Jokes Home…on the big screen, in HD.”

Earlier this month, the remaining members of the group announced that the July 20 gig, the last of a string of comeback performances at the venue, would “probably be their last live performance together”.

The Pythons – John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones – announced their comeback in November and promised the return of some of their most famous routines, including a likely performance of the dead parrot sketch.

However, Cleese ruled out a re-run of one of his best loved moments, the Ministry of Silly Walks.

“I have an artificial knee and an artificial hip so there’s no chance of that,” he said.

Idle said: “I think you can expect a little comedy, a lot of pathos, some music and a tiny bit of ancient sex.”

Monty Python’s Flying Circus was made for TV between 1969 and 1974 and generations of fans can recite lines and whole sketches.

Sixth Python Graham Chapman died of cancer in 1989 aged just 48, and nine years later the five remaining members shared a stage at the Aspen Comedy Festival in the US.

UK cinema tickets go on sale on Friday, with international details yet to be released.

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Chelsea’s Ramires hit with four-match ban

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Chelsea midfielder Ramires will miss the rest of the club’s Premier League campaign after accepting a four-match ban for violent conduct on Thursday.

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Ramires struck Sunderland’s Sebastian Larsson in an off-the-ball incident during his team’s shock 2-1 home defeat against the Black Cats on Saturday.

The Brazilian decided not to contest the charge and, having already been sent off against Aston Villa earlier this season, he received an additional one-match ban on top of the regular three-game suspension.

That rules him out of second-placed Chelsea’s visit to leaders Liverpool on Sunday — a match for which Blues boss Jose Mourinho has already threatened to play a weakened team — as well as the meetings with Norwich and Cardiff.

The fourth and final match of the ban will cover the first domestic game of next season.

However, the 27-year-old’s season is not over as Chelsea remain in the Champions League, with a 0-0 draw in their semi-final first leg against Atletico Madrid leaving them in a strong position ahead of next week’s second leg at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho and assistant Rui Faria were also subject to disciplinary action by the FA on Wednesday following the controversial Sunderland clash.

Mourinho gave a sarcastic appraisal of referee Mike Dean’s performance, as well drawing referees’ chief Mike Riley into the debate, while Faria was dismissed for angrily confronting the match officials.

The pair have until Monday evening to consider their responses. Faria’s case has been designated a “non-standard” one by the FA “due to the aggressive and/or threatening and/or serious nature of the reported behaviour”.

It is the third time Mourinho has faced FA disciplinary action this term.

As well as the Villa Park incident which has left him seething, Mourinho was fined STG8,000 ($A14,500) after accepting a charge following his dismissal against Cardiff in October.

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Israel halts talks after Palestinian deal

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Israel says it is halting negotiations with the Palestinians following their unity deal with the Hamas rulers of Gaza, as faltering US-backed peace talks approach their deadline.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the agreement between the rival factions as a move that “kills peace”, but senior Palestinian official Saeb Erakat blamed the demise of the process on Israeli settlement activity.

On Wednesday, the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) – internationally recognised as the sole representative of the Palestinian people – and the Gaza Strip’s Islamist Hamas rulers signed a reconciliation agreement.

Under the deal, they agreed to form a “national consensus” government under Abbas within weeks.

Israel’s security cabinet announced in response on Thursday that it would “not negotiate with a Palestinian government backed by Hamas, a terror organisation that calls for the destruction of Israel,” and vowed “measures” in response but without elaborating.

Any new measures would follow a raft of financial sanctions unveiled this month when the Palestinians applied to join 15 international treaties.

“The pact with Hamas kills peace,” Netanyahu told NBC television shortly after the Israeli cabinet decision.

Netanyahu said the deal was signed “while Israel was making efforts to advance the negotiations with the Palestinians” and was “a direct continuation of the Palestinian recalcitrance to promote negotiations”.

But Erakat told AFP: “Netanyahu’s government has been asked for years to choose between peace and settlements and it chose settlements”.

He said the Palestinian leadership would “look into all options to respond to Israeli government decisions against the PA”.

The Palestinian unity deal came as Washington made last-ditch efforts to extend the talks beyond their April 29 deadline.

US envoy Martin Indyk has repeatedly met both sides to try to salvage the talks, and was to meet Abbas in Ramallah later on Thursday.

US Secretary of State John Kerry was also set to talk to Abbas by phone after Washington said it was “disappointed” by the Palestinian deal.

In Ramallah, Abbas was due to begin consultations on forming a “national consensus government” of independent members that he would head.

Abbas says he will not extend the negotiations unless Israel agrees to freeze all settlement construction in the occupied West Bank, including annexed east Jerusalem, and frees a group of Arab prisoners who had been earmarked for release this month.

He has also demanded that the two sides begin immediate negotiations on the future borders of the Palestinians’ promised state.

Israel has dismissed all three conditions as unacceptable.

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Top security for Greek Cup final

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Heavy security measures have been announced by Greek police for Saturday’s Greek Cup final between Panathinaikos and PAOK at the Athens Olympic Stadium.

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Mass gatherings have been banned in central Athens and more than 4,000 police officers will be placed around the capital and at the stadium in order to keep the peace between the rival supporters.

The measures were taken with the approval of the government, the Greek football federation and the clubs coming after the violent Greek Cup semi-final second leg in Thessaloniki between PAOK and Olympiakos.

Some 22,000 PAOK supporters will arrive from the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki with hundreds of coaches that will be accompanied by a police escort.

At the stadium barbed wire fences have been placed in order to keep supporters from storming the pitch, a frequent event at Greek matches and which occurred during the 2010 final between Panathinaikos and Aris at the same venue.

Spectators arriving at the stadium will go through three controls and checked in order to confiscate objects such as flares which might be thrown on the pitch.

Panathinaikos and PAOK fans will enter the stadium from separate gates and under police protection.

PAOK issued an announcement Thursday calling on their fans who will travel with their own means to Athens to use public transport and not wear team symbols.

“We kindly also ask friends of PAK not to carry flares, firecrackers and other prohibited items, and do not attempt to enter the pitch at the end of the match, and do not bring banners of provocative, insulting or racist nature,” the PAOK announcement said.

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TV host welcomed House Rules complaints

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It can be tough for a TV presenter to be stopped in public and told what’s wrong with their show.

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But when Johanna Griggs was confronted in the street by a distressed viewer who lectured her about contestants’ poor choice of furniture, she couldn’t have been happier.

It meant people were watching and that was a far cry from the launch episodes of the Seven Network’s renovation series in 2013 when viewer numbers were evaporating.

Griggs said it was the second week of the season when a lady pulled her aside and drilled her about the side tables that contestants chose, telling her they were all wrong.

It was at that point that Griggs started to feel more confident about the future of House Rules despite assurances from Seven executives that the series had “their full support”.

“Every day we were reading it was the death of the show and Seven was telling us they are addressing it and saying you have our full confidence,” Griggs told AAP over lunch.

“Then you have that moment like, do we have their full confidence or is this like the support of the board for an AFL or NRL coach under pressure.”

Griggs had reason to be sceptical about the renovation show’s future.

Despite an enormous advertising budget the series was returning sub-standard figures in the first week on air.

It debuted with 803,000 viewers and the following night the audience dropped to 784,000. By the third episode the viewer numbers fell even further to an embarrassing 687,000.

Rumours started circulating that the series would be punted to one of Seven’s secondary channels and ultimately axed.

Instead, the network persisted and House Rules became a phenomenal success, regularly topping a million viewers per episode, and earning a second season which starts on April 30.

“They started promoting it differently and it worked,” she said.

“I knew we were going to be ok because in the second week I walked into the local shops and a lady said to me `I wouldn’t have picked those side tables last night’.”

“All of sudden more people starting to talk to me about it and I knew it was going to be fine.”

Griggs said there are only slight changes to the format for the second serving of House Rules which centres on six couples who put their own homes up for renovation.

She was surprised at how naive some of the couples were to the amount of work they had to do and the limited amount of time they are given to complete the tasks.

“They stood their in shock after the first week in Sydney and said they thought the time they would spend on the house each week would be similar to the amount of time it was on TV,” Griggs said.

“They all think they are going to handle this easy and there are almost two homes this series that almost defeat the contestants.”

The teams are:

Bomber and Mel (SA) who own a 110-year-old cottage.

Carole and Russell (WA) who have a rundown fibro cottage

Brooke and Grant (Tas) who five children and live in a two-and-a-half bedroom house.

Maddi and Lloyd (QLD who have a home which has rot, mould, uneven floors and plumbing issues.

Candy and Ryan (NSW) who posses a home which was once owned by Franciscan friars.

Adam and Lisa (Vic) who own a 1960s three-bedroom weatherboard house.

* House Rules returns on April 30 at 7.30pm on the Seven Network.

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Phelps wins first race in comeback

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Racing for the first time since he retired in a blaze of glory after the 2012 London Olympics with a staggering career total of 18 gold medals, a relaxed Phelps cruised to victory in 52.

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84 seconds.

His time was well outside the world record of 49.82 seconds he set at the 2009 world championships but still safely under the qualifying time for this year’s U.S. national championships, which double as the selection event for next year’s world titles in Russia.

Phelps will swim again later on Thursday in the 100m butterfly finals and was also entered for Friday’s 50m freestyle heats.

Although the 28-year-old American still holds the world record in three individual events, none of his past times count for future events because they were all recorded before the qualifying period began in June 2013.

Phelps and his coach Bob Bowman were both reluctant to talk about their long term goals when they appeared at a packed news conference on the eve of his comeback but they did not rule out the possibility of competing at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Unshaven and still seven pounds (three kilograms) over his ideal racing weight, Phelps had planned to swim in three events at his comeback meet but ditched the 100m freestyle to focus on the 100m butterfly and Friday’s 50m freestyle.

Tickets for the event sold out within hours after Phelps confirmed he was making his comeback and were selling for more than five times their face value on the secondary market.

More than 100 media – a 500 per cent increase on last year’s meet – descended on the Skyline Aquatic Center to see him take his first plunge back into the water.

Even before his race, the crowd at the warm-up was five deep with people trying to snap a picture of him practicing with his kickboard.

When he climbed on to the blocks, the crowd roared and he made a clean getaway.

Phelps reached the turn in second place then pulled away from his rivals on the second lap, rolling his powerful shoulders over and over to reach the wall first and book his place in Thursday night’s final.

(Reporting by Julian Linden; Editing by Frank Pingue/Steve Keating)

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