Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Aquatic Centre, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Athina
Date Started: August 18, 2004
Date Finished: August 19, 2004
With three gold medals already in his pocket, [Michael Phelps] had enough reason to expect success in the 200 metres medley without the added boost of being both World Champion and world record holder in one of the stronger events in his programme. Unsurprisingly nobody could live with the pace of âThe Baltimore Bulletâ and, as Phelps powered away into the distance to record a comfortable victory, interest shifted toward the question of whom else would stand on the victory podium. In a blanket finish that saw three men separated by just 0.06 seconds, it was Phelps' teammate Ryan Lochte who sneaked into the silver medal with [George Bovell] taking a historic first ever swimming medal for Trinidad (or indeed the entire English-speaking Caribbean) when he edged out [LÃ¡szlÃ³ Cseh, Jr.] for third place.
This began a run of three straight Olympic victories for Phelps in an event in which he also won five world titles.