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Ryan Lochte Wins 400 IM; Phelps Finishes 4th

by Robert Littal | Posted on Saturday, July 28th, 2012
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Either this is going to wake Phelps up or is a sign of bad things to come for him going forward.

Lochte on the another hand is smashing other countries and winning gold.

Ryan Lochte turned his much-anticipated duel with Michael Phelps into a blowout, pulling away to win the Olympic 400-meter individual medley by more than 3 seconds Saturday night. Even more stunning: Phelps didn’t win any medal at all.

After barely qualifying for the evening final in a performance that hinted at trouble ahead, Phelps struggled to a fourth-place finish and was denied his 17th career Olympic medal. When it was done, he could barely pull himself out of the pool.

“It was just a crappy race,” Phelps said. “I felt fine the first 200, then I don’t know. They just swam a better race than me, a smarter race than me, and were better prepared than me. That’s why they’re on the medal stand.”

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