In what was one of the most highly anticipated contests of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, American Ryan Lochte defeated teammate Michael Phelps on July 28 and won a gold medal in the 400-meter individual medley. While Lochte’s victory isn’t exactly shocking, Phelps’s failure to medal at all certainly is. It was the first time Phelps didn’t win a medal after he competed in an Olympics event since the 2000 Sydney Summer Games. As evidenced by these 2012 Olympics photos, the internationally televised race was remarkable and will be talked about for days and weeks to come.
Lochte, who turns 28 during the London Olympics on August 3, was simply brilliant from start to finish. He started strong, made his move during the backstroke, and then swam to victory during the breaststroke and freestyle legs of the race. After his stunning gold medal victory, Ryan Lochte proclaimed, “I’ve said this before. This is my year. I know. I feel it. I’ve trained my butt off for years. There’s no better way to start this Olympics off than getting gold.”
On the flip side, 27-year-old Michael Phelps never gave Lochte a run for his money. The fan favorite already holds the record for winning the most gold medals in a single Olympic year. However, 2012 may not be his year to shine. That’s because Lochte is Phelps’s biggest rival in a long time and he’s on fire. In the end, Michael Phelps came in fourth place in the 400 IM and fell way short of expectations.
The event was televised nationally tonight on NBC during prime time and it was the topic of conversation in the States all day. Millions of Michael Phelps fans were extremely disappointed by the end result, as was Phelps himself, who told the international press after the event…
It was a crappy race. I felt fine for the first 200 meters and then I just don’t know. They just swam a better race, a smarter race than me. They were more prepared. That’s why they are on the medal stand.
Earlier today, the superstar swimmer came dangerously close to missing the opportunity to swim in the final round at all. Phelps landed in the eighth position and squeezed into the race. Tonight, Phelps was unable to land on the medal stand. “The biggest thing is to get past this and move forward. I have a bunch of other races. Hopefully we can finish a lot better than we started,” Michael Phelps said on July 28.
Tomorrow is another day. Phelps and Lochte will join forces on Sunday to help the USA go for the gold in the 4×100 free relay. TV viewers can see the race on NBC during prime time on July 29.
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