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Phelps a bit miffed that he's not going faster

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  • Michael Phelps swims in a 100-meter butterfly heat at the Santa Clara International Grand Prix swim meet in Santa Clara, Calif. in June. For Phelps, there's one last chance to get ready for the races that really matter. The winningest athlete in Olympic history will swim in three events at the University of Georgia, his final tuneup for the national championships in Southern California next month.

      Michael Phelps swims in a 100-meter butterfly heat at the Santa Clara International Grand Prix swim meet in Santa Clara, Calif. in June. For Phelps, there's one last chance to get ready for the races that really matter. The winningest athlete in Olympic history will swim in three events at the University of Georgia, his final tuneup for the national championships in Southern California next month.
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ATHENS, Ga. -- Michael Phelps figured he would be swimming faster by now.

His coach believes he's right on schedule.

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Phelps will get a final tuneup before the national championships when he competes in a special meet at the University of Georgia, featuring Ryan Lochte and some of the world's top swimmers.

Beginning Friday, Phelps will swim three events in three days, another important step in showing how fit he is since coming out of retirement.

Coach Bob Bowman says he's pleased with Phelps' progress and sees no reason why he can't eventually come close to some of the times he put up in the prime of his career. But Phelps is a bit miffed that he's not going faster, only now realizing how difficult it is to return from a long layoff.

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