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Michael Phelps could begin competing in meets over the next few months, paving the way for a fifth Olympic appearance in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, his coach said Tuesday.
“He’s definitely got himself in pretty good shape physically,” Phelps’ longtime coach Bob Bowman told USA TODAY Sports.
Bowman said Phelps has been practicing five times a week on average at the North Baltimore Athletic Club, usually one workout a day. He has not competed since the London Olympics, but he rejoined the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s drug testing pool last year. He regained his eligibility for competition earlier this month, Bowman said.
“I think he feels pretty good about where he is,” Bowman said. “We’ll just kind of look around at some upcoming meets and maybe let him swim an event or two and see how it goes.”
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