Michael Phelps Says He’s Not in Shape To Swim 400 Meters


Read Baltimore Sun via Sport World News

Michael Phelps said Saturday he’s back in the pool a couple of times a week, but he’s nowhere near ready for a return to competitive swimming.

Rumors about Phelps reversing his retirement picked up steam after he entered the drug-testing pool for international competition before the Nov. 6 deadline.

Michael Phelps

He was sighted recently at the Arena Grand Prix in Minneapolis, cheering on his roommate Conor Dwyer, who won a gold medal for the 4×200 freestyle relay at the 2012 Olympics.

But that doesn’t mean Phelps is in the shape that helped him win an all-time record 18 gold medals and 22 total medals in his Olympic career.

“[Dwyer] swims the [400-meter IM], that’s too long. I can’t do that. I literally don’t think if I jumped in the water right now, I could finish a 400.”


Image courtesy of Marco Paköeningrat, CC BY-SA 2.0

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