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Michael Phelps' comeback begins swimmingly
Michael Phelps' comeback begins swimmingly

MESA, Ariz. — It was only a preliminary heat, but Michael Phelps looked impressive in the first step of his much-anticipated comeback at a Grand Prix meet in Arizona on Thursday. The 22-time Olympic medalist — who had not raced since the 2012 London Games — finished with the fastest qualifying time in the men's 100-meter butterfly. There had been significant curiosity about Phelps' fitness after a layoff of 1½ years. The swimmer had talked about gaining more than 30 pounds and falling out of shape during his truncated retirement. Phelps will race against a field that includes Ryan Lochte in Thursday night's final. Earlier in...

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