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2012 Olympics, 200M IM Final: Michael Phelps Tops Ryan Lochte For First Individual Gold In London

Americans Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte have been duking it out during the 2012 Olympic games in London, with them set to go at it once more in the 200M IM at the aquatic center. Lochte was still wet from taking the silver in the 200M backstroke final only minutes before, and it was Phelps who eventually claimed the gold medal, his first individual goal on these olympics.

Phelps finished with a time of 1:54.27, while Lochte was .63 seconds behind him at 1:54.90. Laszio Cseh of Hungary would claim the bronze medal, finishing well behind the American duo with a time of 1:56.22.

This marks Phelps' 16th career gold medal, 20th career medal overall. Phelps is also the first Olympian to ever have a three-peat in the 200M IM, winning in Sydney in 2000, Beijing in 2008, and now in London in 2012.

You can check out where America stands in the medal count with SI's complete medal tracker here.

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