Charlotte, NC, United States (4E Sports) – Michael Phelps led wire to wire in taking the 100 butterfly Friday at the Charlotte Grand Prix.
It was his first win since coming out of retirement in April.
But his time of 52.13 seconds was exactly the same as the time he posted in the same event last month in Mesa, Arizona, where he finished second to Ryan Lochte.
Phelps was obviously irritated with himself for not swimming any faster in his second meet back than he did in his first.
“I would have liked to have been faster than I was in Mesa. … But it’s nice seeing ‘first place’ next to your name. That’s my first win since I came back,” said Phelps.
Lochte couldn’t compete this time because of a lingering knee injury.
The 100 butterfly, an event in which he still holds the world record, is the only final in which Phelps competed in Charlotte.
He was only second to Pavel Sankovich of Belarus in the preliminaries.
Phelps also swam at the 200 freestyle where he finished ninth in the preliminaries Friday.
He did not qualify him for the “A” final in an event in which he holds the American record. He could have still swum in the “B” final, but chose instead to concentrate on the 100 butterfly.