Ryan Lochte Finishes 4th in Men's 200-Meter Free Final

Tim KeeneyContributor IJuly 30, 2012

For the second day in a row, Ryan Lochte was bested by Frenchman Yannick Agnel. 

Less than 24 hours after Lochte faltered in the final leg of the 4x100-meter freestyle relay, losing the gold medal to Agnel in the final 50 meters, the American once again couldn't keep up.

This time around, however, Lochte's consolation prize wasn't silver. It was, well, nothing (via CBS Sports):

France's Yannick Agnel wins the 200M Freestyle gold medal with a time of 1:43.14. Ryan Lochte takes fourth place.

— CBSSports.com (@CBSSports) July 30, 2012

With a time of one minute, 44.93 seconds, Korea's Tae-hwan Park and China's Sun Yang tied for the silver medal, but just like Lochte, they couldn't even get close to Agnel, who takes home his second gold in as many days.

Lochte was right with Agnel for most of the race, sitting in third place after 50 and 100 meters and then pulling into second after the final turn.

Once again, though, Lochte couldn't handle the 20-year-old on the final lap of the race.

The American put up a final split of 27.25, while Agnel, who led throughout the entire race, set a blazing final split of 25.98 seconds, further establishing himself as an elite closer.

While the disappointment is surely close to an all-time high for Lochte, he has many more chances to add to the gold and silver medals he secured over the past couple of days.

On Tuesday, Lochte will once again likely race the 4x200-meter free, although this time it will be part of the USA's relay team.

On Wednesday, he takes part in the 200-meter backstroke and 200-meter individual medley (arguably his best event) heats and semifinals before taking part in the finals on Thursday.

Luckily for Lochte, he won't have to see Yannick Agnel, who is quickly becoming his biggest international rival, in those last two individual races.