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With the pageantry of the Opening Ceremony out of the way, night 1 of the swimming program saw four medal events taking place, two men’s and two women’s with a couple of semi finals in there too. Each day of the games I’ll be bringing you a brief recap of all the medal races from the Aquatic Centre so let’s get started with Day 1.
MEN’S 400m IDIVIDUAL MEDLEY
One of the feature races of the entire swimming meet lead off the entire competition with the head-to-head matchup of Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps in the 400m IM. In the end the fans were not treated to the grandstand finish that they were hoping for as Lochte cruised to a comfortable win by 3.68 seconds. In a minor upset however, Phelps failed to medal in this event finishing fourth which, given his qualifying time, was actually a good effort. He was beaten out for the silver medal by Thiago Pereira from Brazil and Kosuke Hagino from Japan who both swam fantastic races. The rest of the field finished a fair way behind as Chad le Clos lead the chasing pack over seven second seconds behind.
MEN’S 400m FREESTYLE
Before the final had even started, there was a controversy surrounding the makeup of the final as South Korean swimmer Tae-Hwan Park was disqualified for a false start after the new diving blocks had detected movement in the heats. FINA’s technical committee overruled the decision and allowed the results to stand, meaning Park was swimming in the final. It was certainly a beneficial decision for the South Korean swimmer as he managed to secure a silver medal ahead of American Peter Vanderkaay. The gold medal went to Chinese swimmer Yang Sun who posted a new Olympic record time of 3:40.14 for an almost 2 second win.
WOMEN’S 400m INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY
For the other star of the Beijing Games, Stephanie Rice, her return to the pool would be equally disappointing as Michael Phelps’s return. Rice finished equal sixth in the final, showing that the shoulder injury she had been carrying for so long really had hampered her preparation. She does remain a favourite to defend her 200 IM crown however which will come later in the week. The Chinese swimmers dominated this event with their two qualifiers winning gold and bronze, bookending American swimmer Elizabeth Beisel who won the silver. Xuanxu Li took out the bronze medal 4.48 seconds behind gold medal winner Shiwen Ye who broke the world record with a time of 4:28.43.
WOMEN’S 4x100m FREESTYLE RELAY
The night’s program ended with the most surprising result of the entire night as the Australian team came out of nowhere to claim a gold medal in an Olympic record time of 3:33.15 beating out much more fancied opposition. The star for the gold medallists was anchor swimmer Melanie Schalnger who posted a team best time of 52.65 seconds to win Australia’s first gold of the competition. It was not without tense moments though as the Netherlands were pressing hard for the win only to have to settle for the silver medal despite a valiant effort by their anchor Romy Kromowidjojo (apologies for any spelling errors there) who came home in 51.93 seconds. Rounding out the podium was the American team headed by teen superstar Missy Franklin who all performed admirably.
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Arguably the greatest Olympic Athlete ever gave a very uninspiring performance this morning as Michael Phelps of the United States came very close to missing the medal round in the 400M IM this morning.
Phelps qualified in the eighth and final spot just making it by seven hundreths of a second.
Questions will now continue to arise as to whether or not the 14-time Olympic Gold...
The already controversial decision to include Ryan Lochte on the U.S. men's 4x100 freestyle relay grew even more so Sunday night, as he surrendered the lead during the final leg of the race, forcing the Americans to settle for silver.
The French, who were vanquished throughout Michael Phelps' run to eight gold medals during the 2008 Games, overcame the U.S. on the final...
Ryan Lochte turned his much-anticipated duel with Michael Phelps into a blowout, pulling away to win the Olympic 400-meter individual medley by more than 3 seconds Saturday night. Even more stunning: Phelps didn't even win a medal.
After barely qualifying for the evening final in a performance that hinted at trouble ahead, Phelps struggled to a fourth-place finish and was denied...
Michael Phelps barely qualified in the 400-meter individual medley on the opening day of Olympic swimming Saturday, squeaking into the final by seven-hundredths of a second.
''That one didn't feel too good,'' he said.
The two-time defending Olympic champion won his heat in 4 minutes, 13.33 seconds with a time that was well off his world record of 4:03.84 set...
On a stunner of an opening night at the pool in London, Michael Phelps was routed by his American rival, Ryan Lochte in the 400-meter individual medley, losing to Lochte by more than 4 seconds Saturday. That’s not all: The winningest Olympian ever didn’t win any medal at all, the first time that’s happened in a race of this magnitude since he was a 15-year-old kid competing...
LONDON (AP) -- Ryan Lochte turned his much-anticipated duel with Michael Phelps into a blowout, pulling away to win the Olympic 400-meter individual medley by more than 3 seconds Saturday night. Even more stunning: Phelps didn't even win a medal.
After barely qualifying for the evening final in a performance that hinted at trouble ahead, Phelps struggled to a fourth-place finish...
It’s no secret that Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte are huge rivals. Phelps is coming off the greatest individual Olympic performance in history four years ago but, after finishing off the podium on Saturday, has clearly lost a step. Lochte, meanwhile, is arguably the best swimmer in the world today and is poised for a monster Games in London.
These are two alpha dogs who probably...
Michael Phelps is chasing more Olympic history in his next two events at the London Games. Winning medals in the 200-meter butterfly and a relay would let him get it done in the same night.
Phelps goes into Tuesday night's fly final with the fourth-fastest time in his signature race. He'll try for the second time to become the first male swimmer to win the same individual...
Michael Phelps qualified eighth-fastest in the 400-meter individual medley preliminaries on Saturday, grabbing the last spot in the evening final.
The two-time defending Olympic champion won his heat in 4 minutes, 13.33 seconds with a time that was well off his world record of 4:03.84 set four years ago in Beijing, when Phelps won a record eight gold medals.
Kosuke Hagino of Japan...
Michael Phelps opened defense of his Olympic title in the
200-meter butterfly with the fifth-fastest qualifying time in the
preliminaries on Monday.
Here's what to watch for at the London Olympics on Sunday:
1. SWIMMING: The United States, Australia and France go for gold in the final of the 4 x100m freestyle relay, a day after Michael Phelps was stunningly defeated by teammate Ryan Lochte.
2. BASKETBALL: The U.S. men's team plays France (and NBA star Tony Parker).
3. FANS: Londoners - and visitors - are craving...
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Here's what to watch for at the London Olympics on Saturday:
1. FIRST GOLD: Seven golds are up for grabs. China's Yi Siling took the first in the women's 10-meter air rifle.
2. ALL TO DO: Michael Phelps barely, barely qualified for the final of the 400-meter individual medley. He's in the unpopular Lane 8. Can he recover?
3. US WOMEN: They play Colombia at...