Disappointment for Ryan Lochte: How Does He Compare to Michael Phelps All-Time?

BR StudiosFeatured ColumnistAugust 2, 2012

Looking to pull off one of the most difficult one-day feats ever in Olympic swimming, Ryan Lochte could not top the podium in both the 200-meter backstroke and 200-meter individual medley.

Lochte entered the favorite in both events, but lost to American teammate Tyler Clary in the 200-meter backstroke, taking bronze.

Then, just 25 minutes later, it was head-to-head with rival Michael Phelps in the 200 IM. Looking tired, Lochte could not take gold in that event, either.

Lochte has stated he will swim in 2016, so what will his legacy be, and how does he stack up to Michael Phelps?

Two-time gold medalist Mel Stewart is here with the analysis.


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