Phelps among top-flight field for Charlotte meet

Tue May 5, 2015 9:15pm EDT
 
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(Reuters) - Michael Phelps will take his next step toward an Olympic return at the 2016 Rio Games when he headlines a top-flight field at next week's Arena Pro Swim Series event in Charlotte, USA Swimming said on Tuesday.

Other competitors in the May 14-17 meet in North Carolina include Olympic gold medalists Nathan Adrian, Natalie Coughlin and Ryan Lochte.

Phelps only returned to competition last month in Arizona after serving a six-month ban for a drunk driving conviction.

The 18-times Olympic gold medalist, who turns 30 next month, won two events and earned three medals from three finals at the Arizona meet.

In the opening-day, Phelps won the 100 meters butterfly in 52.38 seconds over long-time rival Lochte.

On the second day of competition, Phelps scratched the 100m backstroke to focus on the 400m freestyle preliminary and finished 17th overall in 4:02.67.

On the closing day, Phelps won the 100m freestyle in 49.72, and was third in the 200 individual medley at 2:00.01.

(Reporting by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Frank Pingue)

 
Michael Phelps swims in the men's 200m butterfly semifinal during the U.S. Olympic swimming trials in Omaha, Nebraska, June 27, 2012.  REUTERS/Jeff Haynes