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Phelps tastes gold at first international meeting

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Michael Phelps was back on the podium in his first international meeting since coming out of retirement © Getty Images
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Michael Phelps is back on top of the podium.

The 29-year-old American, swimming in his first international meet since coming out of retirement, helped the United States win the 4x200 metres relay on Friday at the Pan Pacific championships.

"Being able to get back on the podium - it feels amazing," Phelps said. "It's a good first day. Good first international meet back. There's no better way to finish this, lovely, rainy night then being able to step up with your team-mates and win a gold medal."

Phelps finished fourth in his first final - the 100m free - but he later swam the second leg of the relay and watched as Matt McLean overhauled Takeshi Matsuda of Japan on the last lap.

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