On Friday, Michael Phelps and his old swimming foe Ryan Lochte faced off in the 100-meter butterfly at the Bulldog Grand Slam in Athens, Georgia.
For the first time since the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Phelps was able to beat out Lochte.
It was just Phelps’ fourth swimming meet since ending his nearly two-year retirement from the sport and he put on a very strong showing.
Phelps finished the race with a time of 51.67 seconds, while Lochte finished just behind in second with a time of 53.08. The time from Phelps was the second-fastest from a man swimming the 100m butterfly this year.
However, Phelps wasn’t 100 percent pleased with his performance.
“I wanted to get under 52,” Phelps said, via NBC Sports. “I’m sick and tired of seeing 52.1. I guess it was what, seven hundredths off the No. 1 time in the world, so, I guess it’s a decent swim.
“I would have liked to have had the No. 1 time in the world.”
Phelps is currently preparing for the U.S. Championships which take place in Irvine, California from August 6-10.
On Saturday, Phelps will return to the pool for the 100m backstroke, so we will see just how much he continues to perform as he looks to get back in top form since ending his retirement.