Breaking: Ryan Lochte Beats Michael Phelps, Wins First 2012 US Olympic Gold (Update)

Rebecca Soni attending a press conference at the Media Press Centre of the Olympic Park during the Olympic Games 2012 in London Ryan Lochte attending a press conference at the Media Press Centre of the Olympic Park during the Olympic Games 2012 in London. (Source: PacificCoastNews.com) more pics »
Ryan Lochte beat Michael Phelps for the gold in London today. (PacificCoastNews.com)
We all knew it was going to be a serious showdown between US swimmers Ryan Lochte and reigning champ Michael Phelps, and it certainly was today in London. After Phelps barely qualified for the 400m Individual Medely earlier in the day, the decorated athlete didn't even medal during the final.

Phelps came in fourth place, while Lochte took the gold with a time of 4.05.18., according to the US Olympic Team Twitter feed. The post read: "Congrats to on earning the first GOLD medal for in London! Lochte won the men's 400 IM in 4:05.18"

Phelps is two medals away from tying for the most in history and missed out on setting the record for the first athlete to win three consecutive gold medals in the same individual race. Earlier in the day, he commented on his poor performance. "A final spot is a final spot," Phelps said. "The only thing that matters is getting a spot in. You can't win a gold medal from the morning."

Well, there's always tomorrow.

See more Ryan Lochte pics here:

  • Ryan Lochte in Rebecca Soni attending a press conference at the Media Press Centre of the Olympic Park during the Olympic Games 2012 in London
  • Ryan Lochte in Rebecca Soni attending a press conference at the Media Press Centre of the Olympic Park during the Olympic Games 2012 in London
  • Ryan Lochte in Rebecca Soni attending a press conference at the Media Press Centre of the Olympic Park during the Olympic Games 2012 in London
  • Ryan Lochte in Rebecca Soni attending a press conference at the Media Press Centre of the Olympic Park during the Olympic Games 2012 in London
  • Ryan Lochte in Rebecca Soni attending a press conference at the Media Press Centre of the Olympic Park during the Olympic Games 2012 in London
  • Ryan Lochte in Rebecca Soni attending a press conference at the Media Press Centre of the Olympic Park during the Olympic Games 2012 in London
  • Ryan Lochte in Rebecca Soni attending a press conference at the Media Press Centre of the Olympic Park during the Olympic Games 2012 in London
  • Ryan Lochte in Rebecca Soni attending a press conference at the Media Press Centre of the Olympic Park during the Olympic Games 2012 in London
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