Michael Phelps gave an incredulous look, an almost indignant response and strode away to collect a gold medal.
The second coming of Michael Phelps gained momentum with another gold medal at the Pan Pacific championships on a night when U.S. teenager Katie Ledecky set yet another world record.
Michael Phelps is back on top of the podium.
Michael Phelps completed his comeback meet in international competition with a gold medal in the medley relay to cap off a Sunday night program that kicked off with Katie Ledecky setting her second world record within 24 hours at the Pan Pacific championships.
Bethesda's Katie Ledecky sets a world record for the sixth time since last year, while Michael Phelps wins his first individual gold since 2012.
Michael Phelps got a reminder of just how challenging his return to international competition may be when he was asked whether he was good enough to even reach a final at the Pan Pacific Championships this week.
Bethesda teen overtakes Australian for gold in the women's race; Michael Phelps also wins relay gold.
The long, deep breaths were a sign: Elation, satisfaction, relief. And just a touch of exhaustion.
At the Pan Pacific championships, 17-year-old Olympian sets new standards in 1,500 and 400 freestyle.
Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin swam in a local pool to test her injured back on Wednesday and is still hopeful of competing at the Pan Pacific championships.
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