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Ryan-Lochte.png Swimmers Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte helped the U.S. team win gold in the 200-meter individual medley at the London Games on Wednesday, just hours after Phelps became the most decorated Olympian ever, winning his 19th career medal. Phelps' ... Share |
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Aug. 1, 2012: United States swimmer Michael Phelps competes in a men's 200-m e t e r i n d i v i d u a l m e d l e y a t t h e Aquatics Center in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England. (AP) Swimmers Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte helped the U.S. team win gold in the 200-meter individual medley at the London Games on Wednesday, just hours after Phelps became the most decorated Olympian ever, winning his 19th career medal.
Phelps' time of 1 minute, 58.24 seconds was good for the fourth-fastest time in the preliminaries. Teammate Lochte was second-quickest at 1:58.03 a short time after he advanced in the 200 backstroke heats.
Lochte is seeking his first gold in the event. He won the bronze four years ago in Beijing, and was second behind Phelps at the 2004 Athens Games.
Phelps is trying to become the first male swimmer to win the same individual event in three consecutive Olympics, although Japan's Kosuke Kitajima has a shot at achieving the feat first when he swims in the 200 breaststroke final Wednesday night.
Laszlo Cseh of Hungary, the silver medalist in 2008, led the way in 1:57.20. Kosuke Hagino of Japan was sandwiched between Lochte and Phelps in third at 1:58.22.
Chad le Clos of South Africa, who out-touched Phelps for gold in the 200 fly on Wednesday, advanced to the evening semifinals in 11th.
Clary won his heat in 1:56.24. Two heats later, Lochte rallied over the final lap to win in 1:56.36 as he tries to defend the gold medal he won in 2008.
"I was happy with how I swam," Clary said. "I was able to swim more like I know I can and not like the nervous wreck I was the last couple of days."