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Phelps to assess Rio chances

 Michael Phelps’s coach Bob Bowman says the two will assess the 18-times Olympic gold medalist’s chances of qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics after this week’s US national championships.

Phelps, the world record holder in the 100 metres and 200m fly and the 400m individual medley, retired after the 2012 London Games but made his return to competition in April. The nationals start today and goes through Sunday,

“We will see how it goes this week and maybe, if there is anything after that, we will go from there,” Bowman told reporters yesterday. He said the meet would show how much progress the 29-year-old swimmer has made on his comeback trail.

Phelps’s view of his current form was vague: “It could be better, it could be worse,” he told reporters. Phelps will compete in the 100m freestyle, 100m butterfly, 100m backstroke and 200m individual medley in Irvine.

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