Michael Phelps has won the 200-meter IM over Ryan Lochte in comfortable fashion. Lochte took the silver in the final duel between the two rivals.
It’s a really great moment for Phelps, who redeemed his 2012 Games with this performance. It’s his 20th career medal, and 16th career gold.
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Phelps leading halfway through and he’s ahead of world record pace!
Here are Phelps and Lochte walking out. Phelps is in lane 3, Lochte is in lane 4. Side by side drama!
The medalists from the women’s 200m breaststroke are taking a bit of a victory lap right now. After that, we’ll get rolling:
The 200-meter IM will be the final race between American rivals Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps in London.
Phelps won this event at the Olympic Trials in Omaha, but Lochte crushed him in the 400m IM earlier in these games.
The race is set to start around 3:19 eastern. We’ll be here with live updates, and video as soon as possible.
One thing to watch: Lochte raced in the 200m backstroke just 30 minutes before the 200m IM, so he could be fatigued.
Should be fun!
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