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(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- For the first time since 2012, Michael Phelps found himself atop the podium following a race in the pool. The Olympic champion cruised to victory in the 100-meter butterfly at the Charlotte Grand Prix.
"It's been a while," he said. "It's nice seeing the first place next to your name. It's good to be on that side of it again. That's my first one since I came back. Hopefully, we can get a string of those."
It was the first victory in Phelps' comeback tour and his second competition since retiring after the London Summer Olympics. His time of 52.13 seconds was the exact same as his first appearance in Arizona, but this time he was the first to the wall.
Olympic teammate, and the man who beat him in Mesa, Ryan Locthe watched from the VIP area with a brace on his injured left knee. Locthe aggravated his surgically repaired knee in Arizona and was advised by his doctors to rest.
Phelps, who is the most decorated Olympian of all-time, has not said if his ultimate goal of returning is the 2016 Olympics in Rio. The 28-year old plans to compete in the final Grand Prix of the season in Santa Clara and says he will undergo a more extensive training program before adding a couple extra meets to the competition in June.
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