Other Sport

Phelps set for April return

2015-02-06 21:21
Michael Phelps (AFP)

Munich - Olympic superstar Michael Phelps will make his return to competitive swimming at the Arena Pro Swim Series, formerly the Mesa Grand Prix, in April, his coach confirmed on Friday.

Phelps is currently serving a six-month suspension imposed by USA Swimming for drunk driving, but will be eligible to return to competition on April 7, with the Arizona meet from April 15-18.

And the record-setting Olympian's longtime coach Bob Bowman confirmed the plan as Phelps was making an appearance for his sponsors in Germany.

The swimmer from Baltimore said he was really enjoying being back in the pool again.

"I've enjoyed lately more than I really ever have being back in the water," said Phelps.

"I haven't had that kind of excitement that I had in a long time. It's just me feeling I guess like me again. I'm trying to build back a base again."

The 29-year-old said he was back in form and had recovered from a "slight pelvic discomfort".

"I'm trying to rebuild basic physical form," explained Phelps, because "honestly I didn't really have a base between 2009 and 2012, I lived on what I had built in previous years."

Phelps retired after the 2012 London Olympics with a record 22 Olympic medals - including 18 gold - but launched a comeback early last year, at the same Arizona meet.

Phelps said in Munich that he was taking a "wait and see" approach to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Phelps hasn't competed since August, when he won three gold medals at Pan-Pacific Championships, but was subsequently dropped from the US team for the world championships.

Read more on:    michael phelps  |  swimming

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights

Live scoring

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
Vote

Besides the 'Big 3' of rugby, cricket and soccer, which of the 'smaller' sports in South Africa do you enjoy the most?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.