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2012 Summer Olympics
In return to competition, Michael Phelps beats Ryan Lochte in 100-meter butterfly final
In return to competition, Michael Phelps beats Ryan Lochte in 100-meter butterfly final

Michael Phelps knew that, as usual, every eye around the pool was on him. Fans called encouragement. Competitors watched to see how he'd look after eight months away from racing and a suspension for drunk driving. Confronted with the usual mania around his swimming existence, Phelps opted to keep it simple. He and longtime coach Bob Bowman agreed not to fret over the quality of his stroke or his time in Thursday morning preliminaries at the Mesa Arena Pro Swim Series. “Just get in the water and race,” he said. “That’s what I did.” As usual, Phelps raced well, posting the fastest qualifying time in the 100-meter butterfly and winning the evening...

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