Michael Phelps returned to competition at the 2014 Mesa Grand Prix, but it was really the Michael Phelps and Bob Bowman show. In the post race press conferences, the Olympic star and his NBAC swim coach were all smiles, enjoying every second of it. The two have never appeared so relaxed or funny! Phelps is clearly back on track, despite his waffling about plans for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. True, he only swam the 50 and 100 butterfly, but his stroke is there, efficient and as deadly as ever.
At the Arena Grand Prix in Charlotte, Phelps will test the 200 freestyle, but he cautioned that he needs more altitude training before we can expect to see fast swims.
With Phelps’ 52.1 in the 100 butterfly at the Mesa Grand Prix, we can expect a fast peak meet swim this summer.
Prediction: The 100 meter butterfly at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships will be the race of the year. Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte will both go sub 50.8, but only one of them will get past Chad le Clos.
What is your prediction for the men’s 100m butterfly this summer?
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