Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): London Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: July 30, 2012
Date Finished: July 31, 2012
|Gold:||Chad le Clos|
[Michael Phelps] had won this event at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics and was also World Champion in 2011. He was attempting to become the first man to three-peat in an Olympic swimming event. In the final he took the early lead and held it through most of the race, chased by South African [Chad le Clos], 2010 gold medalist in the 200 IM at the Youth Olympics, and Japan's [Takeshi Matsuda], the bronze medalist from Beijing, and silver medalist to Phelps at the 2011 Worlds. Less than 15 metres from the wall, Phelps seemed to have his three-peat but then Le Clos closed quickly and out-touched Phelps for the gold medal – 1:52.96 to 1:53.01. Matsuda held on for his second consecutive bronze medal in the event.
For Phelps this was his 18th Olympic medal, tying him with Soviet gymnast [Larysa Latynina] for the all-time record for most Olympic medals. Phelps would soon break that and finish the London Olympics with a career total of 22 medals and 18 gold medals.
|1||Chad le Clos||20||South Africa||RSA||Gold|
|2||Michael Phelps||27||United States||USA||Silver|
|5||Tyler Clary||23||United States||USA|
|12||László Cseh, Jr.||26||Hungary||HUN|
|17T||Joe Roebuck||27||Great Britain||GBR|
|20||Roberto Pavoni||21||Great Britain||GBR|
|21||Leonardo de Deus||21||Brazil||BRA|
|30||Hsu Chi-Chieh||24||Chinese Taipei||TPE|