The Duel Of The Summer Will Be Michael Phelps Versus Ryan Lochte

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Ryan Lochte embraces his rivalry with Michael Phelps.Phelps mostly downplays it.

Either way, they are the two best swimmers in the world and their battles will play a large part in creating excitement at the Olympics in a few weeks.

Want to know how great this matchup can be? Check out these ridiculous stats from when Lochte and Phelps went head-to-head at the U.S. swim trials just a few days ago (via ESPN):

  • Phelps won three of the four events in which they competed against each other, but his combined margin of victory was just three-tenths (.3) of a second
  • Lochte and Phelps matched up in 16 50-meter splits during the finals. Phelps swam faster in eight of them, Lochte in seven, and they tied once

Phelps will take part in seven Olympic events, while Lochte will be in five.

The two will go against each other in three events.

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