Thursday, 2 August 2012

Michael Phelps beats Ryan Lochte to win 20th Olympic medal

American Phelps, 27, led from the front and looked as if he might break the world record.
He missed out but claimed a 16th gold medal, becoming the first man to defend an Olympic swimming title twice, having won this event in Athens and Beijing.Hungary's Laszlo Cseh was third, while Britain's James Goddard was seventh.
"Somebody told me that, with 25m left, I was under world record pace, so it's a little frustrating not to get that," said Phelps, who finished in 1:54.27 - 0.27 shy of the mark held by countryman Lochte.
"But to win a gold medal and be the first to three successive titles is something pretty special and something I'm pretty happy for."
Lochte, 27, had entered the men's 200m backstroke final earlier in the evening and looked a little jaded in his second race of the night. But his silver means he has now won two golds and five medals in all at London 2012.

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