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The Pan-Pacs begin August 21 and run through August 24.

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA, August 16 -- The Yank are coming, the Yanks are COMING and their bringing their biggest

"guns" with them too. USA Swimming's team for this year's Pan-Pacific Championships, set to begin Thursday here,

will include no less than four current world record-holders who among them "own" a total of will include no less

than four current world record-holders who among them "own" a total of seven current global standards.

Headlining the USA team is the incomparable Michael Phelps, now unretired after a year-plus sabbatical

sabbatical following the London Olympics, and possessor of this year's fastest time in the 100 meter butterfly (51.17)

from last week's U.S. Championships in Irvine, CA. He also has the year's second-fastest time in the 200 meter

individual medley (1:56.65), a mere.05 off world-leader and fellow American Ryan Lochte's 1:56.60.

Lochte holds the event's world-record from the World Championships in Shanghai three years ago (1:54.00).

Then there's 17-year-old Katie Ledecky, who's "only" set three world records this year (400-800-1500 meter freestyles)

with the 400 coming at last week's Irvine meet (3:58.85.) That time broke the standard of 3:59.15 by Italy's Federica

Pellegrini, who also owns the 200 meter free wr. Throw in Missy Franklin, wr-holder in the 200 meter backstroke and

London Olympic gold-medalist in that race, the 100 back and the 400 medley-800 free relays , and it's easy to see why Uncle

it's easy to see why Uncle Sam's troops will be tough to beat. America will also showcase Tyler Clary, London gold-medalist

and World Champion last year in the 50 free-50 butterfly. Japan will be expecting a strong showing from 400 IM World

in the men's 200 back; Nathan Adrian, London gold-medalist in the 100 free, and "youngster" Anthony Ervin,

the Sydney Olympics [Y2K] co-god-medalist in the 50 free and 2K1 World Champion in the 50-100 frees @ Fukuoka.

Now a sprightly 32, Ervin won the 50 free at Irvine in 21.55, tied for third on this year's current world list.

He'll face stiff competition from the Brazilian duo of Cesar Cielo and Bruno Fratus, ranked one-two globally for 2014

(21.39-21.45). Cielo is wr-holder in the 50-100 frees and triple-defending World Champion in the 50 free.

He's no slouch in the 50 fly either, a race he's won at the last two global meets. Australia had a great Commonwealth Games two

Games two weeks ago in Glasgow, winning the lion's share of the medals. Their team is headed by sprinter James

Magnussen -- 2011-'13 100 free World Champion plus Cate Campbell, last year's 100 free World Champion and

top-ranked globally this year. She's also third-fastest in the 50 free and a threat to break both wrs here.

Up-and-comer Emma McKeon (19) was a triple gold-medalist at Glasgow and set a Games-record en route gold

in the 200 free. Her race over 200 meters free here against Ledecky and Franklin (AR-holdr in the

500 yard freestyle) could be one of the meet's highlights, as could newly minted Commonwealth record-holder

Mitch Larkin against Clary in the 200 back (along with Japan's Ryosuke Irie, among the 50-100 back favorites).

Canada will be led by double freestyle gold-medalist Ryan Cochrane (400-1500 frees), who won both races for the

second-consecutive Games and became the first man in 80 years to accomplish this feat. He'll be up against

China's 1500 free world record-holder/London champ Yang Sun plus Aussie junior world record-holder

ad Glasgow 1500 silver-medalist Mackenzie Horton. In the 400 free, a race Sun also won at London pus at last

year's World Championships, Aussie David McKeon, Emma's brother, figures to be a medal contender.

Teammate Thomas Fraser-Homes, Glasgow 200 free champion who swam a career-best and world No. 1 1:45.08, will

in the 200 free. Her race over 200 meters free here against Ledecky and Franklin (AR-holdr in the

be facing a challenge not only from Sun but also South Korea's Tae-wan Park, Beijing Olympic

gold-medalist in the 400 free. Japan's Kosuke Hagino in the individual medleys and 200 fly +plus countryman

Irie in the backstrokes may well be in the medal mix too. The McKeons are coached by their father Ron, a

Commonwealth Games double gold-medalist himself (200-400 frees, Edmonton, 1978) while their mom Susie was a buttterfly

medalist at the 1981 World University Games, coincidentally also in Edmonton.