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Swimming at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres Individual Medley

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Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Barra Olympic Park, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 10, 2016
Date Finished: August 11, 2016

Gold: USA Michael Phelps
Silver: JPN Kosuke Hagino
Bronze: CHN Wang Shun

Summary

[Michael Phelps] had dominated this event at the Olympics over the last decade, winning Olympic gold medals in 2004, 2008, and 2012 and in Rio he was looking for a rare individual Olympic four-peat. His compatriot, [Ryan Lochte], had had similar dominance at the World Championships, winning the 200 IM in 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2015, while Phelps had won that title in 2003, 2005, and 2007. Phelps and Lochte came into Rio with the 16 fastest performances of all-time. The other main medal contender was Japan’s [Kosuke Hagino], but he was expected to trail the Americans.

Lochte led the final at 100 metres, but faded badly and finished fifth. Phelps moved into the lead at 150 metres and looked like his 2008 self coming home, winning by almost two seconds over Hagino. Bronze went to China’s [Wang Shun].

Phelps’s win gave him four consecutive individual gold medals in the event, matching the feats of [Al Oerter] in athletics discus throw from 1956-60, [Carl Lewis] in athletics long jump from 1984-96, and [Ben Ainslie] in single-handed sailing from 2000-12. If you count the 1906 Olympics, one can also include [Ray Ewry], who won standing high jump and standing long jump gold medals from 1900-08. Phelps gold was also his 13th Olympic gold medal in an individual event, breaking the tie in that category that he held with Leonidas of Rhodes. Leonidas’s record had stood for 2168 years, as he won 12 titles at the Ancient Olympics in sprint races from 164-152 BCE.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Michael Phelps 31 United States USA Gold
2 Kosuke Hagino 21 Japan JPN Silver
3 Wang Shun 22 China CHN Bronze
4 Hiromasa Fujimori 24 Japan JPN
5 Ryan Lochte 32 United States USA
6 Philip Heintz 25 Germany GER
7 Thiago Pereira 30 Brazil BRA
8 Dan Wallace 23 Great Britain GBR
9 Henrique Rodrigues 25 Brazil BRA
10 Ieuan Lloyd 23 Great Britain GBR
11 Andreas Vazaios 22 Greece GRE
12 Alexis Santos 24 Portugal POR
13 Jérémy Desplanches 21 Switzerland SUI
14 Bradlee Ashby 20 New Zealand NZL
15 Eduardo Solaeche 22 Spain ESP
16 Simon Sjödin 29 Sweden SWE
17 Gal Nevo 29 Israel ISR
18 Semyon Makovich 21 Russia RUS
19 Diogo Carvalho 28 Portugal POR
20 Travis Mahoney 26 Australia AUS
21 Raphaël Stacchiotti 24 Luxembourg LUX
22 Hu Yixuan 21 China CHN
23 Emmanuel Vanluchene 23 Belgium BEL
24 Uvis Kalniņš 22 Latvia LAT
25 Mohamed Hussein 24 Egypt EGY
26 Marko Blaževski 23 Macedonia MKD
27 Ahmed Mathlouthi 26 Tunisia TUN