By Bobby Pollier, EnStarz | Jul 28, 2012 03:22 PM EDT
Florida native Ryan Lochte made minced meat out of 16-time medal winner Michael Phelps. The young swimmer phenom dominated the 6 foot 4 reigning medal winner and the rest of the pack in the 400-meter individual medley with a 4 minutes and 18 second finish time. Although the two USA competitors were seemingly neck and neck early on, Phelps ended up taking a fourth place finish.
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Lochte had the following to say to British television in regards to his eagerness to compete stemming from the Beijing Games in "08":
"Four years is a long time," the swimmer said
"I know this is my time. I'm just going out there and having fun and doing what I do best: racing," Lochte continued.
Lochte seemed to pull away in the butterfly, which is ironically one of Phelps' strengths. He also dominated Phelps in the backstroke as well.
Shockingly, Phelps had only secured the final spot in the competition by one-hundred of a second and was placed in lane 8; which is a disadvantage due to the fact that one cannot see where their main competition is.
Lochte had also beat Phelps in a grueling face off in the previous month when they competed at the U.S. trials in Omaha, Nebraska.
Interesting to note, Phelps had said in the past that he would not race in the 400 individual medley, even though he is a two time reigning Olympic champ.
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