Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Phelps Edges Lochte Again

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Phelps Edges Lochte Again

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Michael Phelps won the 100-meter backstroke Saturday at the Bulldog Grand Slam in Athens, Ga., edging Ryan Lochte in another encouraging performance in his comeback. Phelps, who retired after the 2012 Olympics and stayed away from the pool for more than a year, finished in 53.88 seconds. Lochte was second at 54.40, and Olympian Tyler Clary finished third in 55.41.

This is his first meet for Lochte since he re-injured his surgically repaired left knee in April at the Mesa Grand Prix. He also lost to Phelps Friday night, grabbing second in the 100 butterfly with a time of 53.08 seconds that was well off Phelps' winning swim of 51.67.

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Australian media report five-time Olympic gold medalist Ian Thorpe will reveal he is gay in a television interview with English talk show host Michael Parkinson, to be broadcast today in Australia. In his 2012 autobiography, "This Is Me," Thorpe said, "For the record, I am not gay and all of my sexual experiences have been straight. I'm attracted to women, I love children, and aspire to have a family one day."

Thorpe, 31, retired from swimming in 2012 after winning five Olympic gold medals, three silvers, and one bronze, and setting 22 world records.

* Camille Muffat of France is retiring from competition at 24. She was an Olympic champion in the 400-meter freestyle at the 2012 London Games. Muffat intended to compete in the 2016 Rio Games, but said in editions of French daily L'Equipe that "I knew becoming an Olympic champion in 2016 would be 100 times more complicated."

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