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London Olympics: Phelps wins first individual gold in 200 IM

Thursday, August 2, 2012 | 1:55 p.m. CDT; updated 4:14 p.m. CDT, Thursday, August 2, 2012

LONDON — Michael Phelps won the 200-meter individual medley Thursday for his first individual gold of the London Olympics.

The American clocked 1 minute, 54.27 seconds for his record 20th career Olympic medal and 16th gold.

Teammate Ryan Lochte touched in 1:54.90 to take the silver medal and Laszlo Cseh of Hungary was third in 1:56.22.

Women's 200-meter breaststroke

Rebecca Soni of the United States set another world record to defend her 200-meter breaststroke title at the London Olympics on Thursday.

Soni clocked 2 minutes, 19.59 seconds to improve on her own mark from Wednesday's semifinals by 0.41 seconds.

It was the sixth world record in the pool at these games.

Satomi Suzuki of Japan touched in 2:20.72 to take the silver medal and Iuliia Efimova of Russia finished in 2:20.92 for bronze.

Soni was also favored to win the 100 breast but took silver behind surprise 15-year-old winner Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania.

Meilutyte did not enter the 200.

Men's 200-meter backstroke

The U.S. team picked up another gold medal of the night and 10th at the Olympic pool when Tyler Clary rallied on the final lap of the 200-meter backstroke to pull off the upset in an Olympic-record 1:53.41. Japan's Ryosuke Irie also got by Lochte on the final stroke, taking silver in 1:53.78. Lochte's time of 1:53.94 was good enough for his fourth medal of the London Games, but that's far from the dominant meet he predicted.


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