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Phelps finishes second in Charlotte

PAUL NEWBERRY
AP National Writer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) ó Michael Phelps is back.

The
Olympic champion finished second Friday morning in the last preliminary
heat of the 200-meter freestyle at the Charlotte Ultraswim, his first
meet since winning eight gold medals in Beijing.

Phelps touched
in 1 minute, 50.46 seconds, just behind Davis Tarwater’s winning time
of 1:50.21. But the world record holder was clearly holding back,
finishing 7O seconds off his winning time in China. He had another
preliminary swim in the morning in the 100 butterfly and two finals in
the evening.

This is the first meet for which Phelps was eligible
since completing a three-month suspension. He was disciplined by USA
Swimming after he was photographed using a marijuana pipe.

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