Ryan Lochte has won his first head-to-head showdown with Michael Phelps at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials.
The 27-year-old captured the 400m individual medley on Monday, taking command on the breaststroke leg and holding off Phelps in the freestyle for a time of 4 minutes, 7.06 seconds. Phelps claimed the second Olympic spot in 4-07.89.
Tyler Clary, who took second at last year’s world championships, won’t even get a chance to swim the event in London. He faded to third in 4-09.92.
Phelps won the 400 IM at the past two Olympics, but vowed to drop the gruelling event after Beijing. In the past year, he brought it back and now he’ll be swimming it again in London.
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