American Patrick Todd took second in the medley in 2:00.81 and Italian Federico Turrini was third in 2:02.31.
Phelps, who finished third in the 200 freestyle earlier Sunday, said he has to rededicate himself to training if he wants to regain his best form.
“Hopefully, it’s a wake up call. If it’s not, then I have to change a lot,” he said. “I blame myself. You’ve got to be responsible for your own action.”
The American had expected to improve on his times since the Charlotte UltraSwim last month.
“It’s a kind of the same times that I went in Charlotte, my first meet back,” Phelps said. “I’m clearly disappointed, but it’s my own fault. I know I didn’t do the training when I needed to do it at the right time.”
Phelps had a good start in the 200 meter free, but quickly faded. He touched in 1:47.54. Yannick Agnel of France set a national record by winning in 1:46.30 and Sebastiaan Verschuren of the Netherlands was second in 1:46.97.
Fresh from three weeks of training in Colorado, Phelps won the 200 butterfly on Saturday but was last in the 100 freestyle.
“I know what I have to work at to improve,” he said. “I thought I had done better training (after Charlotte), but clearly I have not. I’m the only one who can fix it.”
Phelps swam in Paris as part of his preparations for the U.S. championships in August, which will determine the American roster for the Pan Pacific Championships in Irvine, Calif., later in the month.
Michael Phelps was born on June 30th, 1985 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Phelps
6 + 30 +2+0+0+9 = 47 = his personal year (from June 30th, 2009 to June 29th, 2010) = Famous. Name & fame. Notoriety. Name recognition. (Inter)nationally known. High profile. VIP. Well-known. Household name. Public life. Limelight. Legendary. Notable. Noteworthy.
47 year + 5 (May) = 52 = his personal month (from May 30th, 2010 to June 29th, 2010) = Critique. Criticism. Put downs. Fault finding.
52 month + 27 (27th of the month on Sunday June 27th, 2010) = 79 = his personal day = Going off.