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Swimming at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres Individual Medley

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Aquatics Centre, Beijing Olympic Green, Beijing
Date Started: August 9, 2008
Date Finished: August 10, 2008

Gold: USA Michael Phelps
Silver: HUN László Cseh, Jr.
Bronze: USA Ryan Lochte

Summary

This event was the first in Michael Phelps' campaign for eight gold medals but, with the recent form of fellow American Ryan Lochte, not one where he was considered an overwhelming favourite. The event turned into the ultimate statement of intent for Phelps as he was simply a class apart from his rivals and obliterated the world record on his way to the gold medal. He has set the previous mark of 4:05.25 at the US trials in June 2008 but in Beijing he brought the time down to 4:03.84 and finished over two seconds ahead of László Cseh, Jr. with Lochte back in third.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Michael Phelps 23 United States USA Gold WR
2 László Cseh, Jr. 22 Hungary HUN Silver
3 Ryan Lochte 24 United States USA Bronze
4 Alessio Boggiatto 27 Italy ITA
5 Luca Marin 22 Italy ITA
6 Gergő Kiss 20 Hungary HUN
7 Brian Johns 26 Canada CAN
8 Thiago Pereira 22 Brazil BRA
9 Keith Beavers 25 Canada CAN
10 Bradley Ally 21 Barbados BAR
11 Gal Nevo 21 Israel ISR
12 Riaan Schoeman 18 South Africa RSA
13 Andrey Krylov 24 Russia RUS
14 Travis Nederpelt 23 Australia AUS
15 Dinko Jukic 19 Austria AUT
16 Aleksandr Tikhonov 20 Russia RUS
17 Tom Haffield 20 Great Britain GBR
18 Vasilis Demetis 25 Greece GRE
19 Euan Dale 22 Great Britain GBR
20 Vadym Lepskiy 23 Ukraine UKR
21 Omar Pinzón 19 Colombia COL
22 Pierre Henri 25 France FRA
23 Nikša Roki 20 Croatia CRO
24 Javier Núñez 25 Spain ESP
25 Romanos Alyfantis 22 Greece GRE
26 Dmitry Gordiyenko 22 Kazakhstan KAZ
27 Vasily Danilov 19 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
28 Deniz Nazar 27 Turkey TUR
29 Hocine Haciane 22 Andorra AND