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It was just like old times for Michael Phelps Friday. The world's most decorated swimmer was on the top of the podium at the Pan Pacific championships, collecting another gold medal after a thrilling race win. He had just helped the Americans win the 4x200-meters freestyle relay after a titanic struggle against Japan at Australia's Gold Coast on a rainy winter's night. The importance was not lost on Phelps, who was swimming at his first international meet in two years in an event the Americans have not lost for over a decade.Comebacks have invariably been cruel to swimmers and even Phelps has struggled to get near his best but Friday was a good day for the 28-year-old.Not only did he win a relay gold but he also finished an impressive fourth in the 100 meters freestyle final despite taking on the world's best sprinters in an event he rarely competed in, even at his peak.
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