Phelps wins 200 IM for 20th career Olympic medal

Phelps wins 200 IM for 20th career Olympic medal

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US swimmer Michael Phelps looks down the pool after winning gold in the men's 200m individual medley final swimming event at the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 2, 2012 in London. Phelps won his 20th career Olympic medal and completed a historic third consecutive 200m IM Olympic victory. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/GettyImages)

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 2, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 2 at 3:56 PM

LONDON (AP) -- Michael Phelps won the 200-meter individual medley Thursday for his first individual gold of the London Games, becoming the first man to win the same indvidual event in three straight Olympics.

Phelps, who won the 4x200 relay earlier, clocked 1 minute, 54.27 seconds in the 200 IM for his record 20th career Olympic medal and 16th gold. He had failed to complete a threepeat in two previous events, the 200 fly and the 400 IM.

American Teammate Ryan Lochte touched in 1:54.90 to take the silver medal and Laszlo Cseh of Hungary was third in 1:56.22.

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