Ryan Lochte 2012 Olympics: Event Schedule, Results, Highlights & More

Blake Dorfman@blakedorfmanFeatured ColumnistJuly 27, 2012

Ryan Lochte 2012 Olympics: Event Schedule, Results, Highlights & More

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    Ryan Lochte swims in the massive shadow of his rival, Michael Phelps.

    Phelps is the household name. He's the greatest Olympian of all time. However, those who follow swimming know that Lochte has been the more dominant one over the past couple of years. He didn't show it at the U.S. Olympic Trials, but his shot to sneak out of that enormous shadow is here and now in London.

    Bookmark this page. It will tell you everything you need to know about "the other guy" with continued updates and analysis as his Olympic rivalry with Phelps unfolds. 

Lochte Planning 4 Years in Advance

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    Ryan Lochte is coming back.

    In an interview with Matt Lauer of NBC's Today Show via Scott Stump of MSNBC.com, Lochte stated:

    “By all means, I’m going another four years,’’ Lochte said about his future Olympic plans. “There’s no question about it, I’m going another four.’’

    “It has been a long four years, but I’m having a blast swimming,’’ Lochte said. “I love just getting up on the blocks and racing the top people in the world. I get excited for that.’’

    This is great and relieving news for USA swimming fans.

    Lochte still has the talent to win multiple medals in the Olympics, as he proved this time by winning five (two of which were gold).

    He'll also be the main man for the U.S., because Michael Phelps made it clear he wasn't returning, per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.

    That said, the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil will feature Lochte atop the swimming pedestal.

200-Meter Individual Medley Final

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    Ryan Lochte wins another medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics, but it's coming in the form of silver.

    Finishing with a time of 1 minute and 54.9 seconds, Lochte was bested by Michael Phelps for gold. Fortunately, they are easily the best 1-2 punch combo of this event and Lochte isn't quite finished in London.

    We also have to remember is that Lochte just raced to a bronze medal in the 200 backstroke. So, going virtually straight from that event to the 200 medley and winning silver is an unbelievable feat.

200-Meter Backstroke Final

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    Ryan Lochte led the men's 200-meter backstroke final for 150-plus meters.

    Finishing with a time of 1 minutes and 53.94 seconds, Lochte was not able to hold on and was passed by teammate Tyler Clary and Japan's Ryosuke Irie down the stretch.

    Clary set a new Olympic record at 1:53.41 and simply out-kicked Lochte as the distance wound down.

    Taking bronze in the event, he now has four medals in the 2012 Summer Olympics and isn't done yet.

200-Meter Individual Medley Semifinals

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    Ryan Lochte had another opportunity to show he's more than ready to go head-to-head with Michael Phelps. They met in Heat 1 of the 200-meter individual medley semifinals on Wednesday. 

    Lochte won going away in the final leg, beating Phelps by almost a full second.

    There was no reason for either swimmer to give a hard push, as they both were well ahead of the field. The goal is to qualify for the finals, preferably in a middle lane, while conserving a bit of energy for tomorrow's finals.

    But Lochte might have been ready to show Phelps what he has in store for him, as the friendly teammates still like to better each other whenever they are in the pool together.

    Laszlo Cseh will also challenge them for a medal.

200-Meter Individual Medley Prelims

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    Ryan Lochte need not try to get past the prelims of the 200-meter individual medley.

    Swimming 1 minute and 58.03 seconds, Lochte won his heat and enters the semifinals with the second-quickest time. Hungary's Laszlo Cseh led everyone as being the only racer to break the 1:58.00 barrier with a time of 1:57.20.

    So, Lochte clearly has some ground to make up between he and Cseh. And you can certainly anticipate that happening, because Lochte is after all the world record-holder at 1:54.00 flat.

    Expect him to move past the semis and into the finals, because this is arguably Lochte's best race overall and Olympic gold is his to lose.

200-Meter Backstroke Prelims

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    Ryan Lochte won his preliminary 200-meter backstroke heat with a time of 1 minute and 56.36 seconds.

    In winning his heat by .35 seconds over China's Zhang Fenglin, Lochte recorded the second-fastest opening time to teammate Tyler Clary.

    Clary finished at 1:56.24, so the stage appears to be settling in on an American duel as the 200 backstroke progresses. As the current incumbent of the Olympic record, though, Lochte's experience on the big stage is a distinct advantage over Clary.

4x200-Meter Freestyle Relay

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    In his only event of the day, Ryan Lochte was placed in the lead-off leg of the 4x200-meter freestyle relay. He was originally supposed to anchor the race, but Michael Phelps finished a final not long beforehand, so he was placed in the fourth leg to give him a little more time to recover.

    Lochte started near the front of the pack. He was second at the first turn, but he turned on the pace in his second 50 meters, leading the rest of the way.

    He was effective underwater, and by the third turn, he was a body's length ahead, leading by 1.39 seconds. Lochte finished the race in about the same time as he swam the individual 200 free, swimming a 1:45.04 and leaving his team in good position to win.

    The U.S. did win, by nearly three seconds over second-place France, swimming under seven minutes as a team (6:59.7).

    --Liviu Bird

200-Meter Freestyle Finals

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    After an amazing start to his Games, the well-conditioned Lochte had a disappointing final 50 meters in a freestyle finals.

    He was overtaken by France in the last lap of the men's 4x100 free relay, ending up is silver-medal position.

    In the 200 free finals he was well behind Agnel Yannick of France and needing to hold of the field to get another silver.

    He couldn't do it and South Korea's Park Taehwan and Sun Yang from China ended up tied for silver.

    Lochte finished in fourth position.

400-Meter Individual Medley Finals

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    Lochte made a major statement in the 400m IM final, cruising past competition that included American rival Michael Phelps on his way to a gold medal. Lochte finished with a time of 4:05.18 and challenged the world-record pace throughout.

    He was so impressive that second-place finisher Thiago Pereira finished more than three seconds behind the former Florida Gator standout. Lochte's breaststroke performance helped him grab a commanding lead and he never relinquished it. 

    Phelps did not medal, settling for a fourth-place finish in the event he has owned for nearly a decade. Lochte's victory stretches America's Olympic win streak in the men's 400 IM to five straight gold medals.

400-Meter Individual Medley Qualification

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    He didn't win his heat, but Ryan Lochte finished with the third fastest time during the opening round of the men's 400-meter individual medley.

    Taking second with a time of 4 minutes, 12.35 seconds to Le Clos Chad of South Africa, Lochte was quicker than rival Michael Phelps and certainly gained the upper-hand.

    Much like Phelps though, you can anticipate Lochte swimming faster as the races progress toward the medal rounds.

200-Meter Freestyle Semifinal

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    Ryan Lochte finished second in his 200-meter freestyle semifinal heat, finishing second (1:46.10) only to Germany's Paul Biedermann (1:46.10), who is the world-record holder in the event. 

    He almost caught Biedermann in the final 50 meters.

    Lochte was the fifth fastest qualifier for the final.

4x100-Meter Freestyle Relay

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    One could say that Lochte lost the 4x100 meter-relay for USA, although it was not solely his fault. Regardless, the silver-medal finish might bring him back to Earth.

    He also had only 80 minutes to recover after the 200-meter freestyle semifinals.

    He’ll have to wait for his second gold medal, but it will come. Yannick Agnel had an immense finish in the final 50 meters that Lochte just couldn’t match.

    This is an exciting preview for Lochte against Yannick Agnel in the 200-meter freestyle final Monday.


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    * All times are EDT

    Saturday, July 28

    400-meter Individual Medley (Preliminary Heat and Event Final—5:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.)

    Sunday, July 29

    4 x 100-meter Freestyle Relay (Event Final—3:54 p.m.)

    Monday, July 30

    200-meter Freestyle (Final—2:41 p.m.)

    Tuesday, July 31

    4x200m Freestyle Relay Preliminary Heats and Final (6:17 a.m. and 3:47 p.m.)

    Wednesday, August 1

    200-meter Backstroke Preliminary Heats and Semifinals (5:47 a.m. and 2:47 p.m.)

    200-meter Individual Medley Preliminary Heats and Semifinals (6:14 a.m. and 3:36 p.m.)

    Thursday, August 2

    200-meter Backstroke Final (2:46 p.m.)

    200-meter Individual Medley Final (3:16 p.m.)

Quick Facts on Ryan

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    Born: August 3, 1984 (Canandaigua, NY)

    Currently resides in: Gainesville, FL

    Twitter: @lochteryan (teenage girls bombard him all day)

    - 2x FINA Swimmer of the Year

    - His mother is a Cuban immigrant

    - Attended University of Florida

    - World Records entering 2012 Olympics: 200-meter IM long course (1:54.00), 200-meter IM short course (1:50.08), 400-meter IM short course (3:55.50)

    - Has six career Olympic medals (one gold, one silver in Athens 2004 and two gold, one silver, one bronze in Beijing 2008) prior to London Olympics

    - Won five gold medals and one bronze at 2011 Shanghai World Championships

    Links to learn more:

    - Ryan Lochte: Day-by-Day Schedule and Predictions

    10 Things You Need to Know About US Swimmer Ryan Lochte