Swimmer Ryan Lochte wins first gold medal for US at London 2012 Games

LONDON. July 29. KAZINFORM Ryan Lochte thrashed his American compatriot and double Olympic champion Michael Phelps to take 400m individual medley gold with a dominant performance,BBC informed.

Phelps, gold medallist in both Athens and Beijing and the greatest all-round swimmer his sport has seen, was left without even a bronze as Brazil's Thiago Periera took silver and Japan's Kosuke Hagino third.
But this was all about Lochte, the brash rising star, seizing ascendancy in buccaneering fashion.
Lochte said: "I'm in shock right now, but I knew I could win so I'm happy I could do that. I heard the fans throughout and having them and my family right there really helped."
And referring to Phelps he said: "I know he gave everything he had, so I'll have to have a chat with him and see how he is after that."
A disappointed Phelps said: "I felt great for the first 200m, but after that it just didn't happen. I was lucky to get in [the final]. I had the chance to get off on a good note but didn't do it."
Phelps' coach Bob Bowman added: "He trained really well coming in here - I'm surprised. We just have to put it behind us and move on."
At the US trials this summer, Lochte had won his duel with Phelps by less than a second, but here in London his four minutes 05.18 seconds saw him almost four seconds clear of Phelps's 4:09.28.
He went off hard and turned off the butterfly leg, supposedly Phelps's strongest, 0.2 seconds in front, and extended that advantage to 2.55 seconds after the backstroke as Hagino came past the struggling champion.

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