Phelps loses to Lochte in 100-metre butterfly final at comeback meet
Michael Phelps warms up prior to competing in the 100-metre butterfly during the Arena Grand Prix, Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP / Matt York)
Beth Harris, The Associated Press
Published Thursday, April 24, 2014 4:05PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, April 24, 2014 10:37PM EDT
MESA, Ariz. - Michael Phelps is 0 for 1 in his comeback to the pool.
The 22-time Olympic medallist lost to Ryan Lochte in the 100-metre butterfly final at the Arena Grand Prix on Thursday night.
Lochte touched first in 51.93 seconds, second-fastest in the world this year. Phelps took second in 52.13 in his first meet since retiring after the 2012 London Olympics.
Phelps is the three-time Olympic champion and current world record-holder in the event. His time tied for fourth-quickest in the world.
Olympian Jason Dunford of Kenya finished third in 53.08.
Phelps was faster in the final than he was in winning his preliminary heat with a time of 52.84.