Signs all encouraging for Phelps in comeback

Fri Apr 25, 2014 8:33pm EDT
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By Julian Linden

PHOENIX (Reuters) - He did not win any gold medals or set any world records but Michael Phelps ticked all the boxes he needed in his comeback to competitive swimming.

Only time will tell whether Phelps will stick with his comeback and swim at the 2016 Rio Olympics and possibly add to his mind-boggling collection of 18 gold medals.

But for now, the signs are all good. The 28-year-old deliberately chose a relatively low key meet in suburban Phoenix for his return and competed in just two events but there were enough signs to show he can do it if he wants to.

"On the whole," he told reporters on Friday. "I think it felt pretty good.

"I was very excited... I felt like a kid again and that was the coolest thing about it."

Despite his staggering achievements, Phelps and longtime coach Bob Bowman have always been coy about revealing their plans and nothing has changed.


Both insist they have not hatched any long term plans and are sticking to the sportsman's mantra that they are taking things one day at a time although a clearly relaxed Phelps said he was enjoying himself and his times indicated he was already in good shape.   Continued...

Apr 24, 2014; Mesa, AZ, USA; Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte after the men's 100m butterfly race at the 2014 USA Swimming Grand Prix Series at Skyline Aquatic Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports