Phelps to com­pete again

Daily Trust - - SPORT -

Swim­mer Michael Phelps, the most suc­cess­ful Olympian in his­tory, is set to end his re­tire­ment.

The 28-year-old Amer­i­can, who has won 22 Olympic medals, is ex­pected to com­pete at a meet in Ari­zona at the end of April.

“He’s just go­ing to test the wa­ters a lit­tle bit and see how it goes,” said long-time coach Bob Bow­man. “I wouldn’t say it’s a full-fledged come­back.”

Phelps quit af­ter win­ning his 18th Olympic gold at the 2012 Lon­don Games.

The Bal­ti­more Bul­let also has the record for most gold medals at sin­gle Games, win­ning eight in Bei­jing in 2008 to eclipse the mark set by com­pa­triot Mark Spitz in 1972.

Bow­man said Phelps is en­tered in three events - the 100 but­ter­fly and the 50m and 100m freestyle - dur­ing the three-day meet in Mesa that starts on 24 April, but could also com­pete in the 50m but­ter­fly “just for fun”.

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