Swimming - Phelps on track after victorious return to Pan Pacs

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Swimming - Phelps on track after victorious return to Pan Pacs
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Michael Phelps receives his gold medal for the 100m butterfly at the Pan Pacific Championships in Gold …

- Record-breaking Olympian Michael Phelps said he'd hit all his targets at the Pan Pacific Championships as his comeback from retirement gathered pace following a winning return to international competition.

Phelps, with an unrivalled 18 Olympic titles, was buoyed by his performance at Australia's Gold Coast where he won the 100m butterfly and two relay titles, and was narrowly beaten in the 200m individual medley final by Japan's Kosuke Hagino.

"It shows that I can finish races well. I finished pretty strong in all my swims here, now I just have to step on the first half," said the 29-year-old.

"I have already started talking with Bob (Bowman, his coach) about some of the things that I need to do, like times that I need to go even before the world champs next summer," he added.

"I think for my first real international meet back we accomplished everything we wanted to.

"We were able to find out some of the things that I need to improve on over the next year and things I want to improve on."

The next big target for Phelps will be next year's world championships in Russia as he builds towards an expected appearance at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, when he will be 31.

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