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Swimming: Phelps enjoys mixed success at Santa Clara meet

Published on Jun 21, 2014 6:51 PM
Michael Phelps competes in the men's 100m butterfly preliminaries during the 2014 Arena Grand Prix of Santa Clara at the George F. Haines International Swim Center on June 20, 2014, in Santa Clara, California. -- PHOTO: AFP

(REUTERS) - Swimming legend Michael Phelps continued his comeback from retirement with a tie for victory and a second-place finish at a US Grand Prix Series meet in Santa Clara, California on Friday.

While certainly not back to his dominant best since hanging up his goggles following the 2012 London Olympics, he tied for first in the 100 metres butterfly with Tom Shields but had to settle for second behind Nathan Adrian in the 100m freestyle.

In his third meet since taking nearly two years off from the sport, the 28-year-old Phelps competed in multiple finals in the same session for the first time on his return to competitive swimming.

The most decorated Olympian of all-time (22 medals, 18 gold) matched Shields in 52.11sec to share top spot in the butterfly, finishing the faster of the two but unable to edge his way in front.

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