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Phelps v. Lochte | Surprise finish in first Olympic faceoff

6:16 PM, Jul 28, 2012   |    comments
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LONDON -- Swimmer Ryan Lochte brought home the first gold medal for the U.S. in the 2012 London Olympics Saturday.

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Lochte placed first in the men's 400m individual medley with a time of 4:05.18.

His teammate and competitor Michael Phelps, meanwhile, didn't even make the podium; he placed fourth with a time of 4:09.28.

Thiago Pereira of Brazil took the silver medal with a time of 4:08.86, while Kosuke Hagino won bronze with 4:08.94.

After the race, Phelps sent a tweet congratulating Lochte on his win: "Congrats to @ryanlochte ... Way to keep that title in the country where it belongs!"

Lochte responded with "Thanks @MichaelPhelps I couldn't do it with out you. #USA"

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The men's 400m individual medley will air at 8 p.m. Saturday on 11Alive.

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