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SWIMMING

Phelps back in pool with sights set on 2012 Olympics

NEW YORK — Michael Phelps says he has started training earlier than at any time since 2007, before his record-setting Beijing Olympics. The 16-time medalist says “there’s a lot more drive inside of me” after the motivation hasn’t always been there the last three years.

Phelps says he has been back in the pool for six weeks. He says he’s confident he can get into peak shape to achieve his goals at his last Olympics in London next year. Phelps was in Manhattan on Tuesday to run and swim with eight-time Winter Games medalist Apolo Anton Ohno, who’s training for the New York City Marathon.