Swimming - Phelps back on big stage at PanPacs

Swimming - Phelps back on big stage at PanPacs
Michael Phelps (L) and Ryan Lochte smile on the podium for the Men's 200m Individual Medley final at the 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships at the Woollett Aquatic Center in Irvine, California, August 10, 2014. Lochte took first place while Phelps finished in second. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (AFP Photo/ROBYN BECK)

- Record-breaking Olympian Michael Phelps will swim his first international meet since coming out of retirement at this week's Pan Pacific Championships as he seeks a return to winning ways.

Phelps, 29, the 18-time Olympic gold medallist, will take his quest for form to Australia's Gold Coast after he ended this month's US Championships with a couple of near-misses but no wins.

Australia's James Magnussen will resume his sprint rivalry with Nathan Adrian, part of a heavyweight US team also including Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky.

But attention will inevitably focus on the continuing comeback of Phelps, the greatest Olympian of all time who will contest up to five individual events.

At the US titles Phelps staged an exciting battle with Lochte in the 200m individual medley and finished just 0.05sec behind the world record-holder.