Lochte beats Phelps in 1st showdown at trials

Lochte beats Phelps in 1st showdown at trials

Lochte beats Phelps in 1st showdown at trials

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by AP

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 25, 2012 at 11:29 PM

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Ryan Lochte has won his first head-to-head showdown with Michael Phelps at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials.

The 27-year-old Floridian captured the 400-meter individual medley Monday night, 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 grueling 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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