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Michael Phelps wins the men's 100m butterfly final at the 2014 Charlotte Grand Prix

Modified 17 May 2014
Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps speaks to the media after winning the men’s 100m butterfly final during day 1 of the Arena Grand Prix at Charlotte at Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center on May 16, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Michael Phelps who emerged victorious at the 2014 Charlotte Grand Prix still insists that he is afraid of a defeat.  

Phelps, the most decorated athlete in the history of Olympic, clocked a time of 52.13 seconds, and beat runner-up Pavel Sankovich of Belarus to the title.

“I don’t want anybody to beat me, ” Phelps said while speaking in an interview with NBC. “Nobody.”

The 28-year-old swimmer had decided to come out of retirement last month just two years ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics, and managed to bag the victory in the 100-meter butterfly category at the Charlotte Grand Prix.

“It’s been a while,” he told Sports Illustrated. “It’s nice seeing the first place next to your name. It’s good to be on that side of it again. That’s my first one since I came back. Hopefully, we can get a string of those.”

Phelps’ long-time rival Ryan Lochte was watching him from the VIP lounge, and when asked if he could have beaten Phelps, he said, “No.”

“I’ve got a brace on my knee,” he added pointing to his left leg.

Published 17 May 2014, 22:52 IST
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