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Apr 25, 2014

Swimming-Phelps beaten in first comeback final

PHOENIX, April 24 (Reuters) – Michael Phelps suffered a narrow loss to old rival Ryan Lochte in his comeback to competitive swimming on Thursday, but still showed enough to suggest he will be a force to be reckoned with.

Racing for the first time since he retired in a blaze of glory after the 2012 London Olympics with a staggering career total of 18 gold medals, Phelps won his morning heat in the 100 metres butterfly then finished runner-up to Lochte in a close final.

Apr 25, 2014

Motor racing-Covering Senna’s death was a grim assignment

NEW YORK (Reuters) – For a young sports reporter, still cutting his teeth in journalism, the prospect of covering the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix seemed like a dream assignment.

While not as revered as Monaco, the San Marino race was always an iconic event for Formula One fans because of its links to Ferrari.

Apr 24, 2014

Phelps wins first race in comeback

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Michael Phelps made an ominous start in his comeback to competitive swimming on Thursday, setting the fastest time in the 100 meters butterfly heats at a USA Swimming Grand Prix meet in suburban Phoenix.

Racing for the first time since he retired in a blaze of glory after the 2012 London Olympics with a staggering career total of 18 gold medals, a relaxed Phelps cruised to victory in 52.84 seconds.

Apr 24, 2014

Swimming-Phelps wins first race in comeback

PHOENIX, April 24 (Reuters) – Michael Phelps made an ominous start in his comeback to competitive swimming on Thursday, setting the fastest time in the 100 metres butterfly heats at a USA Swimming Grand Prix meet in suburban Phoenix.

Racing for the first time since he retired in a blaze of glory after the 2012 London Olympics with a staggering career total of 18 gold medals, a relaxed Phelps cruised to victory in 52.84 seconds.

Apr 24, 2014

‘Grandfather’ Phelps plays down Rio prospects

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Michael Phelps is playing down expectations about his return to competitive swimming but the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a mind-boggling 18 gold medals, is finding it tough to sell himself as an underdog.

On Wednesday, the 28-year-old fronted a packed media conference on the eve of his eagerly-awaited comeback at a U.S. swimming Grand Prix meet in Mesa, Arizona.

Apr 24, 2014

Swimming-’Grandfather’ Phelps plays down Rio prospects

PHOENIX, April 23 (Reuters) – Michael Phelps is playing down expectations about his return to competitive swimming but the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a mind-boggling 18 gold medals, is finding it tough to sell himself as an underdog.

On Wednesday, the 28-year-old fronted a packed media conference on the eve of his eagerly-awaited comeback at a U.S. swimming Grand Prix meet in Mesa, Arizona.

Apr 23, 2014

Phelps ditches one of his planned comeback events

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Michael Phelps has withdrawn from one of the three events he planned to compete in at his eagerly-anticipated return to competitive swimming.

Phelps had entered the heats for the 50 meters freestyle, 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly at the three-day U.S. Grand Prix meet in Mesa, Arizona, starting on Thursday.

Apr 23, 2014

Swimming-Phelps ditches one of his planned comeback events

PHOENIX, April 23 (Reuters) – Michael Phelps has withdrawn from one of the three events he planned to compete in at his eagerly-anticipated return to competitive swimming.

Phelps had entered the heats for the 50 metres freestyle, 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly at the three-day U.S. Grand Prix meet in Mesa, Arizona, starting on Thursday.

Apr 22, 2014

Phelps facing toughest challenge yet

By Julian Linden

(Reuters) – Michael Phelps has been swimming against the tide all his life. Time and time again he has proved the doubters wrong, setting the standard for Olympic achievement with his 18 gold medals.

But now, almost two years after retiring from swimming and two months shy of his 29th birthday, the American is plunging into uncharted waters by attempting a comeback where the risk-reward ratio is heavily stacked against him.

Apr 22, 2014

Swimming-Phelps facing toughest challenge yet

April 22 (Reuters) – Michael Phelps has been swimming against the tide all his life. Time and time again he has proved the doubters wrong, setting the standard for Olympic achievement with his 18 gold medals.

But now, almost two years after retiring from swimming and two months shy of his 29th birthday, the American is plunging into uncharted waters by attempting a comeback where the risk-reward ratio is heavily stacked against him.

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