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Swimming: Phelps can swim faster after comeback, says coach

Published on Aug 20, 2014 4:46 PM
US swimmer Michael Phelps (left) and US swim team coach Bob Bowman (right) take part in a press conference at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre in Queenland's Gold Coast on August 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

GOLD COAST (AFP) - US superstar Michael Phelps came out of retirement because he believes he can swim faster than ever before, his coach Bob Bowman said on Wednesday.

Phelps, 29, admitted he was feeling “rusty” after some elementary errors at this month’s US Championships, where he finished winless.

But Bowman said Phelps was driven by the conviction that he can exceed the performances that brought him 18 Olympic titles, the most achieved by any athlete.

“That’s the reason he (Phelps) came back,” Bowman said at the Pan Pacific Championships, Phelps’s first international meet since ending his 20-month retirement in April.

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