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At the world championship trials on Wednesday, the Phelps comeback talk continued. His longtime coach Bob Bowman said he would support a run at the 2016 Olympics if Phelps is fully committed.
“There’s a part of me that wants him to come back if he’s going to do it the right way,” Bowman said. “We did not do the last four years the right way and even though it ended up OK it could have been way better and we all know that. I think the end result was fine, but the process was so painful and I don’t want to do that again. And I’m sure he doesn’t want to do it again.”
Competing in the 2015 world championships in Kazan, Russia, would be the goal if Phelps is serious about an Olympic comeback, Bowman said. USA Swimming will select its 2015 world team a year earlier at its national championships, which run from Aug. 6-10, 2014 in Irvine, Calif. Phelps would have to be in the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s drug testing pool six months prior to competition.