RACE VIDEO: Watch Michael Phelps Come Out of Retirement to Swim the 100 Fly at the Mesa Grand Prix

  28 Gold Medal Mel Stewart | April 24th, 2014 | Arena Pro Swim Series, News, Video

Race video is courtesy of Universal Sports Network, a SwimSwam Partner.

Thanks to a partnership with Universal Sports, above we bring you the first look of the return of Michael Phelps, the Greatest Olympian of All-Time, to the competitive pool.

Phelps swam the 100 fly prelims on Thursday, April 24th, 2014 at the Mesa Grand Prix with a 52.84. That put him immediately into the top 25 in the world and gives him the top seed headed into finals, just ahead of Ryan Lochte (52.94).

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Congrats MIchael!
What a wonderful champion!
I said before the meet a sub 53 would be huge and he has already done it.
I must admit I had an apprehension. 🙂
It was cool to see him smile behind the blocks before the race.
I don’t know if he will win the final but his comeback is already very successful.
MP has nothing left to prove.
He swims without any pressure now.
That makes him perhaps more dangerous than ever.

With a sprint oriented training in the next 2 years and a full focus on the 100 fly, he could surprise us again.

Earlier I called a 53.2 and he has already beaten that. Wow.

What is a “Bubble Time”? And why is it 54.66?

That was a reference to the time that was 8th at the time.


Jiggs, I’m assuming they meant that prior to Phelps final heat, Shield’s 54.66 was probably the 8th best time going in, the bubble for making it into finals. (Shields ended up 12th)


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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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