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Ryan Lochte cruises to gold in 400 IM; Phelps finishes 4th
Washington Post ^ | 07/28/2012

Posted on 07/28/2012 4:32:31 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

LONDON — The victory was so clear-cut, so utterly dominant, it looked a little bit like Michael Phelps used to do it. Ryan Lochte turned what was supposed to be a dramatic showdown with Phelps on Saturday night into a surprising solo act.

Surprising, that is, to everyone but Lochte, who crushed Phelps and the entire field on the opening night of the Olympic swimming competition, then pronounced himself ready for more of the same over the next eight days.

As Phelps forlornly tried to figure out what happened, how he finished out of the medals in his first Olympic race since the 2000 Summer Games, Lochte matter-of-factly announced himself the boy of the summer.

“This is my year,” Lochte said. “I feel it. I’ve put in the hard work. I’ve trained my butt off for four years. I just feel it inside my gut. This is my year. There’s no better way to start than by getting a gold.”

Lochte, who touched the wall in 4 minutes, 5.18 seconds, was so dominant he had time to turn around, examine the scoreboard and then watch the earnest battle for second and third that ensued behind him. Brazil’s Thiago Pereira claimed the silver in 4:08.86 – 3.68 seconds behind Lochte — and Japan’s Kosuke Hagino got the bronze in 4:08.94. Phelps finished in 4:09.28.

After the race, Phelps yanked off his cap and goggles, stunned. Having claimed the last qualifying spot for the final with a strangely slow swim in the morning heats, Phelps had gotten stuck out in Lane 8, but he said the distant lane wasn’t his problem.

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TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: london; olympics; ryanlochte; swimming


Ryan Lochte of the United States swims butterfly as he competes in heat five of the Men's 400-meter Individual Medley on Day One of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre, July 28, 2012.
1 posted on 07/28/2012 4:32:53 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I guess the bong isn’t being to good to Phelps.


2 posted on 07/28/2012 4:36:21 PM PDT by ChuckHam
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To: SeekAndFind

Please use ‘Spoiler’ in the headline and do not post results in the headline for those of us not in your time zone. Thank you.


3 posted on 07/28/2012 4:36:55 PM PDT by pbear8 (the Lord is my light and my salvation)
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To: SeekAndFind

I would have preferred Americans in all three top spots, but all long as an American took the gold I’m satisfied.


4 posted on 07/28/2012 4:37:58 PM PDT by Copenhagen Smile (What if Jesus comes back like that?)
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To: pbear8; SeekAndFind
Please use ‘Spoiler’ in the headline and do not post results in the headline for those of us not in your time zone. Thank you.

I'll second that request.

Thanks.

5 posted on 07/28/2012 4:47:15 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." Hussein Obama, Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009)
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To: SeekAndFind

I had to run to an obscure grocery store late at night for one item last week. In the back row, the shelf stocker and the floor sweeper were arguing over Phelps versus “this new guy.”. The Phelps fan had never heard of Lochte. He was lording it all over this slightly more informed guy of how Phelps was going to win all these gold medals. I just whooshed past and said, pointing at the Lochte fan, “This guy’s right.”


6 posted on 07/28/2012 4:53:34 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: SeekAndFind

7 posted on 07/28/2012 4:54:00 PM PDT by Mormon Cricket
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To: ChuckHam

It wouldn’t surprise me if Phelps wasn’t really in condition for the Olympics. His wins in 2008 seemed to make him arrogant and lazy.


8 posted on 07/28/2012 5:23:31 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Just say no to drugs.


9 posted on 07/28/2012 5:31:35 PM PDT by bgill
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To: Jonty30

Arrogant, lazy and horny. When the devil can not bring a man down he sends in a woman./s


10 posted on 07/28/2012 5:36:20 PM PDT by UncleSam (Why must someone else always make the final decisions?)
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To: Jonty30

I forget who but one of his team mates questioned his “work ethic”. Looks like he knew what he was talking about.


11 posted on 07/28/2012 6:03:20 PM PDT by DManA
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To: ChuckHam

I was thinking the same thing. At least he can soon get back
to his first love... Smoking a lot of pot.


12 posted on 07/28/2012 6:06:57 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: bgill

Marijuana has reduced him to only being able to swim faster than 99.99999999999999% of everyone on Earth. Unless he wins a gold medal, in which case it will 100% for that race. Poor SOB.


13 posted on 07/28/2012 6:18:11 PM PDT by Magic Fingers (Political correctness mutates in order to remain virulent.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Thanks, had to just wait and 5 minutes I might have seen the race. Hey, just remember Santa Claus is really a story!!!


14 posted on 07/28/2012 6:31:32 PM PDT by Recon Dad (Gas & Petroleum Junkie)
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To: Copenhagen Smile

That can not happen as only two swimmers from each country are allowed in each event. If they listed the country where each athlete trains the USA would be up on the leaderboard far more often.


15 posted on 07/28/2012 6:43:40 PM PDT by Freee-dame
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To: SeekAndFind

Off topic and disclaimer: I’ve been traveling since Thursday. Was the US flag dipped?

About Phelps, this is no surprise considering the abuse he has been giving his body.


16 posted on 07/28/2012 6:58:55 PM PDT by Jemian
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To: UncleSam

Eve was in cohorts with the devil; Adam just listened to his wife.


17 posted on 07/28/2012 7:14:34 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy Saints surrounded.)
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To: ChuckHam

bongs and broads.


18 posted on 07/28/2012 7:16:24 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To: SeekAndFind

My daughters swim coach has met Lochte and she says he’s a very sweet guy. He earned his gold but not to pee on his parade Lochte did not take the world record time which still belongs to Phelps.Go team USA!


19 posted on 07/28/2012 7:21:56 PM PDT by linn37 (Newt supporter here.)
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To: SeekAndFind
in a sold out venue, with HUNDREDS of empty seats! somebody's got some splainin to do...
20 posted on 07/28/2012 8:28:10 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: DManA

There’s been some talk that Phelps wasn’t really training and was doing this one last time just to do it. Guess there was something to those rumors after all.

If he doesn’t want to do this anymore, fine. Quit. It sucks that he took a slot from somebody who’d love to be there because he was pressured to go one more time and couldn’t bring himself to say no. He should’ve saved himself the trouble and retired 3-1/2 years ago.


21 posted on 07/28/2012 8:56:01 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Liberalism is a social disease.)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

Why don’t you quit your job? Maybe you should have given up years ago when - I heard you were better back then. What? - you say you have a family and financial obligations? Who cares? What matters is that there is someone who “deserves” to be there who can’t go because of mean Phelps?

I am not a fan of your views - they smell like OWS views.

And to get back to the swimming side of things - judge him by his next race. The decision to do the 400IM was essentially a last minute one. He has been primarily training for shorter races.


22 posted on 07/28/2012 9:01:42 PM PDT by impimp
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To: SeekAndFind

23 posted on 07/29/2012 2:32:09 AM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (Tosca, mi fai dimenticare Iddio!!!!!)
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To: impimp

Your post makes no sense, try again when sober.


24 posted on 07/29/2012 9:29:31 AM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Liberalism is a social disease.)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

I am sober.

Why should Phelps quit? You wouldn’t do the same would you? If he quits he loses millions of dollars. He will win gold - just not in 400IM.


25 posted on 07/29/2012 12:46:23 PM PDT by impimp
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To: SeekAndFind

Go Gators!

26 posted on 07/29/2012 12:50:06 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: SeekAndFind

Bong hits and subway sandwiches must not be good training fodder.


27 posted on 07/29/2012 5:25:37 PM PDT by Rebelbase (The most transparent administration ever is clear as mud.)
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