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Former retired swimmer Michael Phelps has just competed in his first International Swim meet since returning to professional swimming. The 29-year-old helped the United States in the Pan Pacific championships on Friday, beating out the Australians in their own water.
According to The Associated Press, Phelps was fourth in the 100-meter freestyle relay where he swam with teammates Ryan Lochte, Conor Dwyer and Matt McLean. The team won the 4x200m free relay over Japan and Phelps ultimately won himself a gold medal for his relay work. Phelps told The Associated Press, “Being able to get back on the podium - it feels amazing. It’s been a good first day.”
Phelps wasn’t the only swimmer to make an impressive showing, NBC Sports reports Missy Franklin also attended and competed in the Pan Pacific after having back spasms only three days ago.
She also competed in relays with her American teammates, winning the 4x200m free relay and earning a gold medal.
image courtesy of INFphoto.com