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Swimming: Comeback has Phelps 'feeling like a kid'

Published on Apr 26, 2014 6:21 AM
 
Michael Phelps at a press conference after swimming the 50m freestyle prelims during the Arena Grand Prix at Skyline Aquatic Center. Olympic legend Michael Phelps was "feeling like a kid" again after his first competition in 20 months, and eager to see where his comeback will take him. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

UNITED STATES (AFP) - Olympic legend Michael Phelps was "feeling like a kid" again after his first competition in 20 months, and eager to see where his comeback will take him.

"As a whole, I felt pretty good just being able to get back in the water and race again," Phelps said on Friday, after he closed out his appearance in the Mesa Grand Prix with an unfamiliar and experimental 50m sprint "I'm pretty excited," said Phelps, whose 22 Olympic medals include an astonishing 18 gold. "I felt like a kid. I think that was the coolest part about it." On Friday, fans were treated to an oddity: Phelps in a 50m race.

To make things even looser, Phelps opted to swim butterfly in the 50m freestyle heats, making it more of a training run on the heels of his narrow runner-up finish to Ryan Lochte in the 100m butterfly final on Thursday night.

His time of 24.06 put him seventh in his heat of rivals swimming the traditional freestyle stroke, and 42nd overall.

 
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