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Swimming: Superstar Phelps still has racer's edge, says great rival Lochte

Published on Apr 25, 2014 4:39 PM
 
Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte after the men's 100m butterfly race at the 2014 USA Swimming Grand Prix Series at Skyline Aquatic Centre, on April 24, 2014. Michael Phelps might be rusty after a 20-month layoff, but rival Ryan Lochte says the swimming superstar will always be able to count on his racer's instincts. -- PHOTO: REUTERS/USA TODAY SPORTS

MESA, Arizona (AFP) - Michael Phelps might be rusty after a 20-month layoff, but rival Ryan Lochte says the swimming superstar will always be able to count on his racer's instincts.

"Any race he swims, he's going to make the other swimmers hurt," Lochte said. "That's what he does - he's a racer."

Lochte managed to get his hand on the wall ahead of Phelps in the 100m butterfly final at the Mesa Grand Prix on Thursday, Phelps's first final since the 2012 Olympics.

Phelps retired after the London Games after a stellar career in which he won 22 Olympic medals - an astounding 18 of them gold.

 
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