Michael Phelps Wins 20th Gold Medal, Defeats Ryan Lochte In 200m Individual Medley

Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte will face-off once again at the London Games.
Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte will face-off once again at the London Games. Reuters

Michael Phelps claimed his record setting 16th career gold medal, and 20th overall as he won the men's 200m individual medley. He defeated his USA teammate, Ryan Lochte, who took the silver.

Phelps finished with a time of 1:54.27, 0.63 seconds faster than Lochte.

It was one of the few times in his Olympic career that Phelps was the underdog. Lochte was the favorite after having the best time in Wednesday's semifinals. He also defeated Phelps in the 400m individual medley.

It's the fourth medal four Phelps at the 2012 Olympics and his second gold in London.

The two medals help the USA stay ahead of China in the overall medal count. Heading into the race, the U.S. had 35 total medals to China's. The win now puts the two nations in a tie with 18 gold medals apiece.

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