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Men's 400 metres Individual Medley

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): London Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: July 28, 2012
Date Finished: July 28, 2012

Gold: USA Ryan Lochte
Silver: BRA Thiago Pereira
Bronze: JPN Kosuke Hagino


[Michael Phelps] was the two-time defending champion (2004-08) but the favorite was his teammate [Ryan Lochte], the 2011 World Champion who had defeated Phelps at the US Trials in June. Phelps had said after Beijing that he would never race the 400 IM again but had started training for it in late 2011. But it was too late for London and he barely qualified for the final, placing eighth and having to swim the final in lane eight. The best qualifying time was posted by Japan's [Kosuke Hagino] in an Asian record 4:10.01, with Lochte qualifying third.

In the final, Lochte, Phelps and South African [Chad le Clos] were about even at the end of the butterfly, but the next stroke, the backstroke, was Lochte's best and he pulled ahead by two bodylengths entering the breaststroke. He was under world record pace at that time and although he could not maintain that, he won gold in 4:05.18. The time was the second fastest ever after Phelps' winning Beijing world record of 4:03.84, but it was faster than Phelps' textile world best of 4:06.26.

The silver went to Brazil's [Thiago Pereira], over 3½ seconds behind Lochte, while the bronze went to Hagino, with Phelps off the podium in fourth – only the second time this had ever happened to him at the Olympics, after the 2000 200 butterfly, in which he finished fifth.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ryan Lochte 27 United States USA Gold
2 Thiago Pereira 26 Brazil BRA Silver
3 Kosuke Hagino 17 Japan JPN Bronze
4 Michael Phelps 27 United States USA
5 Chad le Clos 20 South Africa RSA
6 Yuya Horihata 21 Japan JPN
7 Thomas Fraser-Holmes 20 Australia AUS
8 Luca Marin 26 Italy ITA
9 László Cseh 26 Hungary HUN
10 Gal Nevo 25 Israel ISR
11 Yannick Lebherz 23 Germany GER
12 Yang Zhixian 20 China CHN
13 Roberto Pavoni 21 Great Britain GBR
14 Wang Chengxiang 20 China CHN
15 Maksym Shemberiev 18 Ukraine UKR
16 Ward Bauwens 19 Belgium BEL
17 Ioannis Drymonakos 28 Greece GRE
18 Raphaël Stacchiotti 20 Luxembourg LUX
19T Riaan Schoeman 22 South Africa RSA
19T Federico Turrini 25 Italy ITA
21 Aleksandr Tikhonov 24 Russia RUS
22 David Verrasztó 23 Hungary HUN
23 Alec Page 18 Canada CAN
24 Joe Roebuck 27 Great Britain GBR
25 Bradley Ally 25 Barbados BAR
26T Yury Suvorov 21 Belarus BLR
26T Diogo Carvalho 24 Portugal POR
28 Jeong Won-Yong 20 South Korea KOR
29 Esteban Enderica 21 Ecuador ECU
30 Pedro Pinotes 22 Angola ANG
31 Anton Sveinn McKee 18 Iceland ISL
32 Dan Tranter 20 Australia AUS
33 Quah Zheng Wen 15 Singapore SGP
34 Marko Blaževski 19 Macedonia MKD
35 Rafael Alfaro 20 El Salvador ESA
36 Ahmed Atari 18 Qatar QAT
AC Taki Mrabet 23 Tunisia TUN DQ