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Swimming: Phelps steps up comeback with butterfly win

Published on May 17, 2014 9:06 AM
On May 16, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Michael Phelps swims in the 100 meter butterfly final at Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

(AFP) - Olympic legend Michael Phelps stepped up his return to competitive swimming Friday with a 100m butterfly triumph at the Charlotte Grand Prix, his first finals win since the London Games.

Phelps, who retired after the 2012 Games with a record 22 Olympic medals - a staggering 18 of them gold - launched his comeback last month in Mesa, Arizona, where he won his 100m fly heat but finished runner-up in the final to US Olympic teammate Ryan Lochte.

On Friday, Phelps led at the 50m mark and won in 52.13sec, with Pavel Sankovich of Belarus second in 52.72 and Singapore's Joseph Schooling third in 52.95.

The American superstar's winning time was the exact same time he produced in his runner-up finish to Lochte.

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