RIO DE JANEIRO (WWBT) - Getting out to a commanding lead in the final 50 meters, it was Michael Phelps who earned his 22nd gold medal during the 200m individual medley Thursday night as rival and Team USA teammate Ryan Lochte faded from medal contention in the closing moments of the race, finishing fifth.
The Men's 200m individual medley may be the last time American swimming stars Phelps and Lochte duel in the pool. During the semifinals, Phelps bested Lochte by a half-second, setting a blistering time of 1:55.78.
Phelps and Lochte were joined in the 200m individual medley final by Japan's Kosuke Hagino, who has had an impressive showing at the Rio games, nabbing gold in the 400m individual medley and a bronze in the men's 4x200m freestyle relay.
In the 4x200m freestyle relay, Hagino and the Japanese team was beat by the United States for gold.
During the final, Lochte briefly held the lead at the halfway point of the 200 meter race, but Phelps turned on the speed, gaining the lead at the 150 meter mark and carrying that to gold.
The results for the Men's 200m individual medley are as follows:
- Michael Phelps - United States - 1:54.66 (GOLD)
- Kosuke Hagino - Japan - 1:56.61 (SILVER)
- Wang Shun - China - 1:57.05 (BRONZE)
- Hiromasa Fujimori - Japan - 1:57.21
- Ryan Lochte - United States - 1:57.47
- Philip Heintz - Germany - 1:57.48
- Thiago Pereira - Brazil - 1:58.02
- Daniel Wallace - Great Britain - 1:58.54
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