Olympic Swimming Results 2012: Day 1 Recap, Top Times & Medal Standings

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Olympic Swimming Results 2012: Day 1 Recap, Top Times & Medal Standings
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Saturday's swimming action at the 2012 Summer Olympics saw upsets, shocking results and disasters for many top swimmers in the world. But the biggest news of the day came from a possible passing of the torch.

One of the greatest Olympians of all time, Michael Phelps, was blown out of the water by fellow American Ryan Lochte. 

Lochte measured up to his four years of preparation for this competition, dealing his fastest time (4:05.18) in the 400 Individual Medley. 

As the whole world watched the possible passing of the torch, there were some storylines that may have been overlooked. Here is the Day 1 recap, top times and medal standings for swimming. 

Times are according to NBCOlympics.com.

 

Women's 100-Meter Butterfly—Semifinals (Top Times)

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1. Dana Vollmer (56.36) USA

2. Alicia Coutts (56.85) AUS

3. Jeanette Ottesen Gray (57.25) DEN

4. Sarah Sjostrom (57.27) SWE

Competition will finish Sunday, July 29 at 2:30 p.m. ET.

 

Men's 400-Meter Freestyle (Top Times and Medals) 

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1. Sun Yang (3:40.14) CHN

2. Park Taehwan (3:42.06) KOR

3. Peter Vanderkaay (3:44.69) USA

 

Men's 400 Individual Medley (Top Times and Medals)

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1. Ryan Lochte (4:05.18) USA

2. Thiago Pereira (4:08.86) BRA

3. Kosuke Hagino (4:08:94) JPN

4. Michael Phelps (4:09:28) USA

 

Women's 400 Individual Medley (Top Times and Medals)

1. Ye Shiwen (4:28.43 World Record) CHN

2. Elizabeth Beisel (4:31.27) USA

3. Li Xuanxu (4:32.91) CHN 

 

Men's 100-Meter Breaststroke (Top Times and Medals)

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1. Cameron van der Burgh (58.83) SFA

2. Fabio Scozzoli (59.44) ITA

3. Brenton Rickard (59.50) AUS

 

Women's 4x100-Meter Freestyle Relay (Top Times and Medals)

1. Australia (3:33.15)

2. Netherlands (3:33.79)

3. United States (3:34.24)

 

Medal Standings for Swimming Only

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1. United States (4)

2. China (3)

2. Australia (1)

 

Recap

The Americans, led by Lochte, and Vollmer, lead the way in the 2012 Summer Olympics. They have two golds, and their comrades have picked up two other medals.

Lochte is certainly the story of the day, taking away a victory from one of the greatest Olympians of all-time, Michael Phelps. The victory was a tone-setter, a victory that made Phelps well-aware of the greatness that Lochte possesses in a swimming pool.

With several more events slated for tomorrow, the competition will only get hotter. 

For more information and complete finish times for Saturday's swimming action, head on over to NBCOlympics.com.

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