Phelps again sig­nals he’s done com­pet­ing

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS -

In the lat­est sign that he’s done racing, Michael Phelps told re­porters be­fore Mon­day night’s Golden Gog­gle awards that he had re­moved him­self from drug test­ing re­quired by USA Swim­ming. Later, dur­ing a cer­e­mony at which he won three awards, in­clud­ing USA Swim­ming’s Male Ath­lete of the Year, Phelps again said he was “done com­pet­i­tive swim­ming.” Phelps, raised in Rodgers Forge, left the slight­est wig­gle room at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, say­ing the 2016 Games were “prob­a­bly” his last. His wife and mother also hinted, per­haps light­heart­edly, they’d love to see him com­pete again in Tokyo in 2020. But af­ter he fin­ished win­ning five gold medals and six medals over­all, ex­tend­ing his ca­reer records in both cat­e­gories, Phelps said he had cre­ated the per­fect con­clu­sion to his ca­reer. He could still re-en­ter drug test­ing as he did six months be­fore his pre­vi­ous re­turn to com­pe­ti­tion in 2014. But for the fore­see­able fu­ture at least, the great­est swim­mer ever is fin­ished.

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