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Swimming at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres Individual Medley

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

Summary

Michael Phelps came into London heralded as the swimming GOAT (greatest of all-time), and was attempting to three-peat in four individual events in London, the 100 and 200 butterfly, and the 200 and 400 individual medleys. But he had already failed to medal in the 400 IM and was out-touched in the 200 fly for a silver medal. In this event he was facing his teammate Ryan Lochte, who had beaten him to win the 2011 World Championships in the 200 IM and had won the 400 IM in London. But Phelps left no doubt in this race as to who was The King.

Phelps went ahead on the opening butterfly leg, no surprise as that is his best stroke. But he maintained it on the backstroke, Lochte's best individual stroke, and on his weakest leg, the breaststroke, Phelps held off Brazil's Thiago Pereira, silver medalist behind Lochte in the 400 IM. As they entered the final freestyle leg, Phelps had a bodylength lead and with his freestyle strength, the race was over. He won in 1:54.27 to become the first male swimmer to three-peat in any individual Olympic event, with Lochte closing fast for the silver medal. In third was Hungary's László Cseh, Jr., who had placed second in this event in 2008.

Phelps three-peat was the third in Olympic swimming in an individual event, after Australian Dawn Fraser in the 100 freestyle in 1956-64, and Hungarian Krisztina Egerszegi in the 100 backstroke in 1988-96. The podium for this event had the same three swimmers as in Beijing, with Phelps winning in 2008, Cseh second, and Lochte third. This was only the 7th time in Olympic history that this had occurred, but it was the first time in swimming.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Michael Phelps 27 United States USA Gold
2 Ryan Lochte 27 United States USA Silver
3 László Cseh, Jr. 26 Hungary HUN Bronze
4 Thiago Pereira 26 Brazil BRA
5 Kosuke Hagino 17 Japan JPN
6 Ken Takakuwa 27 Japan JPN
7 James Goddard 29 Great Britain GBR
8 Markus Deibler 22 Germany GER
9 Chad le Clos 20 South Africa RSA
10 Gal Nevo 25 Israel ISR
11 Joe Roebuck 27 Great Britain GBR
12 Henrique Rodrigues 21 Brazil BRA
13 Vytautas Janušaitis 30 Lithuania LTU
14 Dan Tranter 20 Australia AUS
15 Andrew Ford 23 Canada CAN
16 Markus Rogan 30 Austria AUT
17 Raphaël Stacchiotti 20 Luxembourg LUX
18 Diogo Carvalho 24 Portugal POR
19 Marcin Cieślak 20 Poland POL
20 Federico Turrini 25 Italy ITA
21 Darian Townsend 27 South Africa RSA
22T Bradley Ally 25 Barbados BAR
22T Wang Shun 18 China CHN
24 Aleksandr Tikhonov 24 Russia RUS
25 Martin Liivamägi 24 Estonia EST
26 Andreas Vazaios 18 Greece GRE
27 Philip Heintz 21 Germany GER
28 David Karasek 24 Switzerland SUI
29 Taki Mrabet 23 Tunisia TUN
30 Wu Peng 25 China CHN
31 Jayden Hadler 18 Australia AUS
32 Jeong Won-Yong 20 South Korea KOR
33 Maksym Shemberiev 18 Ukraine UKR
34 Nuttapong Ketin 19 Thailand THA
35 David Verrasztó 23 Hungary HUN
36 Ensar Hajder 21 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH