Michael Phelps Defeats Ryan Lochte in 200 IM at U.S. Olympic Trials

Ben ChodosCorrespondent IIJune 30, 2012

Michael Phelps defeated Ryan Lochte in the finals of 200-meter individual medley race at the United States men’s Olympic Trials.

USA Swimming posted the official results from the race on its Twitter.

Amazing 200 IM finals: Michael Phelps (1:54.84) and Ryan Lochte (1:54.93)! Phelps scores fastest time in the world this year in the event.

— USA Swimming (@USA_Swimming) July 1, 2012

The two swimmers were neck-and-neck the entire race, with no other contestant coming close to them. By the second turn, Phelps and Lochte were a full body length ahead of the field.

The race came down to a dead spring in the freestyle, the last leg of the medley, and Phelps was able to beat out Lochte by a fraction of a second.

Phelps set the world record in the event to win the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics with a time of 1:54.23. Three years later, Lochte beat the mark at the 2011 World Aquatic Championships in Shanghai, finishing in 1:54.00. 

Both swimmers had plenty on their minds on Saturday: Lochte was scheduled to compete in three events on the night, and Phelps was celebrating his 27th birthday.

This is the third time finals week that Phelps and Lochte have gone head-to-head at the trials. In the first two matchups, neither swimmer won by more than a second.

On Monday, Lochte won the 400-meter individual medley with a time of 4:07.06, while Phelps finished second at 4:07.89. 

The two battled once more on Wednesday in the 200-meter freestyle, with Phelps finishing first in 1:45.70. Lochte was right there with him and took second with a time of 1:45.75.

The 200-meter individual medley was the last time the two will face off before heading to London. 

All results from the trials can found at USASwimming.org