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Lochte beats Phelps to win 400m medley

Lochte took the lead on the breaststroke leg of the four-stroke event and held off Phelps in the closing freestyle to win in four minutes 7.06 seconds Monday. Phelps was second in 4:07.89, securing an Olympic berth. Tyler Clary, runner-up of the event at Shanghai worlds last year behind Lochte, was the odd man out, finishing third in 4:09.92. Only the top two finishes in each event in the eight-day meet make the Olympic team.


Ryan Lochte at the US Olympic trials on Monday. Pics/AFP

After making the 400m medley one of his eight triumphs in Beijing, Phelps had vowed he wouldn’t swim it again in major international competition.

“There was a lot of discussion about me doing it,” Phelps said. “The thing it came down to — I wanted to do it. This is an event I’ve done for a long time and I want to finish off my career doing it.”

Phelps has a chance to become the first male swimmer to win the same event at three straight Games — although it’s clear he’ll have his work cut out to beat Lochte. “That time was not good at all,” Lochte said. “I know I’m capable of going faster.”

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