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Phelps savors triumphant return

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Olympic superstar Michael Phelps cruised out of retirement on Thursday, clocking the top qualifying time in the 100m butterfly at the Mesa Grand Prix, his first race in 20 months. 

Michael Phelps warms up in the practice pool during day one of the Arena Grand Prix at the Skyline Aquatic Center on April 24, 2014 in Mesa, Arizona

As so often in a storied career that included 22 Olympic medals -- 18 of them gold -- Phelps made it look easy, powering to a comfortable win in the final heat in 52.84sec to launch a comeback that could take him to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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