Michael Phelps beats Lochte, cements comeback

Last updated 17:08 13/07/2014
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RIVALS: Michael Phelps (left) talks with Ryan Lochte before their heats in the mens 100m backstroke during the prelims of the Bulldog Grand Slam which Phelps won.

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Michael Phelps won the 100-metre backstroke at the Bulldog Grand Slam, edging Ryan Lochte in another encouraging performance in his comeback.

Phelps, who retired after the 2012 London Olympics and stayed away from the pool for more than a year, finished in 53.88 seconds.

Lochte was second at 54.40, and Olympian Tyler Clary finished third in 55.41.

''I just wanted to break 54, to be honest,'' said Phelps, the winner of 18 golds and 22 medals overall - far more than any other Olympic athlete.

''My best time is 53.01 from 2007 and it's something I haven't swam that that many times. I wanted to take it out a little faster and be as close to an even split as I could, but towards the end it hurt a lot. To be 53.88 now, I'm very pleased.''

This is the first meet for Lochte since he reinjured his surgically repaired left knee at the Mesa Grand Prix in April.

He also lost to Phelps on Friday night, grabbing second in the 100 butterfly with a time of 53.08 seconds that was well off Phelps' winning swim of 51.67.

The hastily arranged event on the University of Georgia campus gives some of the United States' top swimmers a chance to swim one more time competitively before the next month's national championships in Irvine, California.

The results from nationals, as well as the Pan Pacific Championships being held in Australia later in August, will determine the US team for the 2015 world championships.

 ''Anytime I have a chance to get into the water and race after taking two years off is a good thing,'' Phelps said.

''It's all about getting in rhythm and racing - that's what I've always enjoyed about the sport. And having another race under my belt is nice.''

Lochte gets another shot at Phelps when the two compete in the 100 freestyle tomorrow.

Lochte also is scheduled for the 200 individual medley and the 200 backstroke tomorrow.

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