MESA, Ariz. — Michael Phelps tied the fourth-fastest time in the world this year swimming the 100-meter butterfly in his first competition in nearly two years. His comeback has gotten off to a strong start, albeit with a much different approach than he took in winning 22 medals over three Olympics.
After a 20-month retirement, Phelps resumed training last September with his longtime coach Bob Bowman at the North Baltimore Aquatic Center in his hometown. But he didn’t pick up the grueling regimen that had ruled his life since he was a teenager.
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