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Phelps is set for Charlotte meet

Michael Phelps will take another step in his comeback at a Grand Prix meet in Charlotte, North Carolina, on May 16.

His coach, Bob Bowman said on Monday that Phelps has entered the 100m butterfly and 200m freestyle at the Charlotte Grand Prix, although Bowman is not sure Phelps will compete in both.

The events are on the same day, keeping in line with the plan to build up Phelps's endurance, but cut back on the sort of grueling, multi-day programmes he once swam.

Phelps returned to competition at a meet in Arizona less than two weeks ago, his first since retiring after the 2012 London Games as the most decorated athlete in Olympic history.

He competed in two events at the Mesa Grand Prix, finishing second to long-time rival Ryan Lochte in the 100m butterfly and matching the fourth-fastest time in the world this year. Phelps also competed in the 50m freestyle, but used his preliminary heat to work on his butterfly and finished 42nd overall.

“We were encouraged by his performances in Mesa and look forward to trying a 200 in Charlotte,” Bowman said in a text message.

Phelps also has put his name in for the final Grand Prix meet of the season in Santa Clara, next month, though he is taking the comeback one step at a time.