Entering the 2012 Olympic Games, there was no head-to-head matchup more anticipated than the “duel in the pool” between the United States’ two biggest stars in swimming, Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte.
Fortunately for swimming fans, the duel lived up to the hype.
Phelps and Lochte went head-to-head twice, and in those competitions, there was no conclusive victor between the two. Lochte was dominant and won gold in the first matchup, while Phelps failed to medal in Saturday’s 400-meter individual medley. Phelps struck back on Thursday, defeating Lochte by .63 seconds to win gold in the 200-meter individual medley.
Phelps and Lochte came into the Games as the sport’s two biggest stars, and the competition did not disappoint, leaving swimming fans on the edge of their seats. However, one question still remains.
Which swimmer proved to be the United States’ best male swimmer in London?