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Phelps Wins 200 IM for 20th Career Olympic Medal

Thursday, 02 Aug 2012 04:00 PM

Mchael Phelps won the 200-meter individual medley Thursday for his first individual gold of the London Olympics, adding to two other golds won Thursday by U.S. swimmers.

The American clocked 1 minute, 54.27 seconds for his record 20th career Olympic medal and 16th gold.

Teammate Ryan Lochte touched in 1:54.90 to take the silver medal and Laszlo Cseh of Hungary was third in 1:56.22.

Tyler Clary passed defending champion Lochte on the last lap and set an Olympic record to win the 200-meter backstroke.

Clary clocked 1 minute, 53.41 seconds to improve on the previous mark of 1:53.94 set by Lochte at the 2008 Beijing Games in a now-banned bodysuit.

Ryosuke Irie of Japan touched in 1:53.78 to take the silver medal and Lochte finished in 1:53.94 for bronze.

Meanwhile, Rebecca Soni of the United States set another world record to defend her 200-meter breaststroke title.

Soni clocked 2 minutes, 19.59 seconds to improve on her own mark from Wednesday's semifinals by 0.41 seconds.

It was the sixth world record in the pool at these games.

Satomi Suzuki of Japan touched in 2:20.72 to take the silver medal and Iuliia Efimova of Russia finished in 2:20.92 for bronze.

Soni was also favored to win the 100 breast but took silver behind surprise 15-year-old winner Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania.

Meilutyte did not enter the 200.

 

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