After setting all-time records yesterday, Michael Phelps isn’t slowing down yet.
Coming off leading team USA to a victory in the 800-meter relay on Wednesday, Phelps went head-to-head with his teammate Ryan Lochte and came away with his first individual gold medal of the London Games. The face-off went during Thursday’s 200-meter IM.
The Olympic medal is number 20 for Phelps’s endlessly growing collection; all but four of those are gold.
According to the Associated Press, Phelps touched in at an impressive 1 minute, 54.27 seconds. Lochte wound up close behind in second place with Laszlo Cseh of Hungary on his tail for third.
The victory came as more of a relief than a triumph for the swimmer. Phelps wore a dazed look on his face as he looked up to the scoreboard before shaking hands with Lochte.
He hopped out of the pool and threw his cap and goggles into the crowd, then made his way to a diving well to prep for his next race. Phelps would swim again in the 100 butterfly before the end of the day.
In addition to losing to Phelps, Lochte fell to bronze in the 200 backstroke behind American Tyler Clary.
With two events still to go, the race puts Phelps at a total of four medals, two golds and two silvers this year. Lotche is even with those same medal standings.
Even so, today’s miss surely comes as a bit of a downer for Lochte and his fans as he previously described 2012 as “my time.”
Sucks for Lochte... His “time” just got owned by his rival.