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Michael Phelps goes 0-for-Friday at Arizona meet

Michael Phelps goes 0-for-Friday at Arizona meet
Michael Phelps competes in a 400-meter freestyle preliminary race on Friday in Mesa, Ariz., in which he failed to advance. (Matt York / Associated Press)

After starting fast in his return to competitive swimming, Michael Phelps hit a bump in the road on Friday.

Racing at an Arena Pro Swim Series meet in Mesa, Ariz., the 18-time Olympic champion scratched from the 100-meter backstroke in the morning, then failed to qualify in the 400 freestyle a few hours later.

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His subpar performance followed an impressive win in the 100 butterfly on Thursday.

"Probably some things to fix, but I think it's a good starting point," he said after that race.

Phelps just finished a six-month suspension stemming from a DUI arrest last fall. He has confirmed his intentions to try for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

The schedule in Arizona has him listed in two events on Saturday.

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