Michael Phelps was 15 years old the last time he competed in an Olympic event and didn’t medal. That was in 2000, in Sydney. Today, Phelps squeaked in to the men’s 400IM final by only 7/100ths of a second, taking the eighth and final spot for the first medal event in men’s swimming at the London 2012 games. US swimmer Ryan Lochte took gold in the 400IM and Phelps finished in 4th, just out of reach of a medal.
Lochte won the event relatively easily, coming in at 4:05.15. Lochte was flirting with Phelps’ world record from the 2008 games in Beijing, but he just missed it in the home stretch. Lochte won the first gold medal for Team USA in swimming. We’ll see if the race puts a damper on the Phelps/Lochte fervor that has been building up coming into these games. Lochte and Phelps have been trading wins in their strongest events over the last year leading up to London, but Lochte’s blowout win in the first event may signal that the medal race won’t be as hot between the two as previously thought.
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