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Swimming: Return to best will take time, says Phelps

Published on Aug 16, 2014 7:06 PM
 
Michael Phelps leaves the pool after his race in the Men's 100m Backstroke Final during the 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships at the Woollett Aquatic Center on Aug 9, 2014 in Irvine, California. Phelps said on Saturday, Aug 16, 2014, it would take time to return to his best ahead of next week's Pan Pacific Championships in Australia. -- PHOTO: AFP

BRISBANE (AFP) - American swimming superstar Michael Phelps said on Saturday it would take time to return to his best ahead of next week's Pan Pacific Championships in Australia.

Phelps, the 18-time Olympic gold medallist, returned to competition in April after a retirement that lasted nearly two years and finished this month's US Championships without a title. The 29-year-old is preparing for his first international meet since the 2012 London Olympics.

The greatest Olympian of all time will contest the 200 metres individual medley and the 100 metres butterfly at the four-day PanPacs starting on Thursday as part of a 60-strong US team also featuring Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky.

"Losing by a hundredth (of a second) and losing by five one-hundredth at the (US) nationals in two out of three events was frustrating," Phelps told reporters after team training in Brisbane.

 
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