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|