Michael Phelps has never lost the 200 meter individual medley in the Olympic Games. He won gold in Athens in 2004, in Beijing in 2008, and again in London in 2012.
And while Phelps is undefeated in the Olympic 200 IM, he is not undefeated in the 200 IM altogether. Fellow Team USA swimmer Ryan Lochte has bested Phelps – in this event – in the 2011 World Championships.
Going in to Thursday’s final, Phelps holds the Olympic record – 1:57.14 – which he set in Athens in 2004.
Lochte holds the world record – 1:54.00 – set at the 2011 world championships.
Phelps has brought his cheering section – including his mother, his fiance Nicole Johnson, her mother, and new baby Boomer – to the arena:
And Lochte left the most animated part of his fan club – his grandmother – back in the United States:
But at the end of Thursday night’s races, there could be only one. Years of competition has turned the two men from rivals into friends.
But they both knew when they stepped up to the blocks that only one of them could stand at the top of the podium.
And the race…wasn’t even close. Phelps absolutely dominated, becoming the first Olympic swimmer to win four consecutive gold medals in the same event.
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Many have suggested that this would be the final Olympic showdown for Phelps and Lochte, so NBC asked both swimmers what they thought:
Phelps: “This is it.”
Lochte: “I need to take some time off – mentally and physically – but if it’s still fun…”
Lochte also noted that he “didn’t buy it” that Phelps was really retiring, telling CBS’s Ben Tracy that Phelps would “be back for more.”
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