Michael Phelps wins first comeback race

The world's most decorated Olympian won the preliminary heat for the 100-meter butterfly at the Arena Grand Prix Series in Mesa, Arizona.
By Kate Stanton Follow @KateStan Contact the Author   |   April 24, 2014 at 9:05 PM
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MESA, Ariz., April 24 (UPI) -- Michael Phelps has won his first competitive swimming race since he "retired" from the sport after the London Olympics in 2012.

The 28-year-old Olympian posted 52.84, the fastest qualifying time in the 100-meter butterfly at the Arena Grand Prix Series in Mesa, Ariz., on Thursday.

He beat out former Team USA member Ryan Loche, who posted 52.94, the second fastest time in another heat.

Phelps' time would be enough for him to qualify for the men's butterfly at the U.S. national championships in August.

“You’re going to hear this word come out of my mouth a lot, but I was having fun," he told the New York Times.

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