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Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte Suit Up for a Final Showdown in Rio

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Michael Phelps, top, and Ryan Lochte compete in Wednesday semifinal. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Thursday, 11 Aug 2016 07:36 AM

Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte set up one final showdown on Thursday by qualifying first and second for the final of the 200 meters individual medley.

Racing in adjacent lanes in the second semi-final on Wednesday, Phelps clocked one minute, 55.78 seconds and Lochte 1:56.28, a turnaround from the morning heats where Lochte was first and Phelps third, reported Reuters.

Brazil's Thiago Pereira, who had led the Americans after the butterfly and backstroke legs and was second behind Phelps at the final turn, qualified third in 1:57.11 to give the home country a shot at a first medal in the pool.

Japan's Kosuke Hagino, winner of the 400 IM on Saturday, won a slower first semi-final to go through to Thursday's final in fourth place.

In the same event at London in 2012, Phelps took the gold medal and Lochte won silver.

Phelps, 31, is bidding to become the first swimmer to win the same event at four consecutive Olympics, and to expand a career medal haul that has grown this week to 25, all but four of them gold.

Lochte, a year older, has 12 Olympic medals, six of them gold, and the 200 IM is his only individual event in Rio after taking gold alongside Phelps in Tuesday's 4x200 freestyle relay.

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Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte set up one final showdown on Thursday by qualifying first and second for the final of the 200 meters individual medley.
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