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Swimming at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres Backstroke

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): London Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 1, 2012
Date Finished: August 2, 2012

Gold: USA Tyler Clary
Silver: JPN Ryosuke Irie
Bronze: USA Ryan Lochte

Summary

Ryan Lochte was the defending gold medalist and, after winning five gold medals at the 2011 World Championships, including this event, was named World Swimmer of the Year. He was expected to win, and probably win easily. He was trying to double on this night, with the 200 IM final within a half-hour after the finish of this event. In the final Lochte took an early lead, with Japan's Ryosuke Irie second at the first wall. By 100 metres Lochte's teammate Tyler Clary had moved up to their shoulders. At 150 metres Lochte still led, but only 0.12 seconds ahead of Clary with Irie still close. But Clary was stronger coming home, finishing in 1:53.41 for the gold medal, as Irie also pulled ahead of Lochte to win silver.

Clary had had a difficult time since the US Olympic Trials, as he shortly thereafter had openly criticized swim legend Michael Phelps for not training very hard, only to later apologize for his remarks. Clary's win was the fifth straight in the event for the United States, by five different backstrokers. Lochte's night was not what he hoped as his attempt to win the 200 IM also came up short, when he finished second to Phelps.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Tyler Clary 23 United States USA Gold
2 Ryosuke Irie 22 Japan JPN Silver
3 Ryan Lochte 27 United States USA Bronze
4T Radosław Kawęcki 20 Poland POL
4T Zhang Fenglin 19 China CHN
6 Kazuki Watanabe 25 Japan JPN
7 Yakov Toumarkin 20 Israel ISR
8 Mitch Larkin 19 Australia AUS
9 Nick Driebergen 24 Netherlands NED
10 Jan-Philip Glania 23 Germany GER
11 Gábor Balog 21 Hungary HUN
12 Péter Bernek 20 Hungary HUN
13 Leonardo de Deus 21 Brazil BRA
14 Tobias Oriwol 27 Canada CAN
15 Yannick Lebherz 23 Germany GER
16 Omar Pinzón 23 Colombia COL
17 Arkady Vyachanin 28 Russia RUS
18 Marco Loughran 23 Great Britain GBR
19 Sebastiano Ranfagni 26 Italy ITA
20 Pedro Oliveira 24 Portugal POR
21 Matson Lawson 20 Australia AUS
22 Chris Walker-Hebborn 22 Great Britain GBR
23 Anton Anchin 22 Russia RUS
24 Benjamin Stasiulis 26 France FRA
25 Darren Murray 21 South Africa RSA
26 Aschwin Wildeboer 26 Spain ESP
27 Pedro Medel 20 Cuba CUB
28 Xu Jiayu 16 China CHN
29 Gareth Kean 20 New Zealand NZL
30 Oleksandr Isakov 22 Ukraine UKR
31 Aleksandr Tarabrin 27 Kazakhstan KAZ
32 Park Hyeong-Ju 17 South Korea KOR
33 Derya Büyükuncu 36 Turkey TUR
34 Sebastian Stoss 26 Austria AUT
35 Quah Zheng Wen 15 Singapore SIN