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Michael Phelps Stung By Two Losses In Charlotte

May 18 2009, Published 10:29 a.m. ET

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Michael Phelps, the octo-gold medalist swimming superstar of last summer's Beijing Olympics, must really miss 2008.

The winningest Olympian ever, returning a nine-month break that included an amped-up appearance schedule and pot-related suspension, lost a pair of races at Charlotte UltraSwim, a weekend event in Charlotte, N.C.

The 23-year-old Baltimore native said that, despite losing, he was happy with the performance, his first since dominating last year's Olympics.

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"The biggest thing that killed me were my turns and my finishes," Phelps said. "I'm not disappointed with that time, but the finish was awful. There's small things I need to work on. But overall, it was a good meet... for my first meet back, I have no complaints. We're on the right track." (Photo: Splash News)

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