Ryan Lochte (USA) reacts after competing in the men's 200m freestyle finals during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Aquatics Centre.
LONDON - Ryan Lochte was fourth in the men's 200-meter freestyle Monday, falling short of winning his third medal at the London Games.
France's Yannick Agnel beat Lochte again, one night after racing past him for the gold medal in the 4x100 freestyle relay. The Americans won silver in the relay.
On Monday, Korea's Taehwan Park was second and China's Yang Sun third. They posted the same time.
The field was loaded with stars, even though Michael Phelps, the defending Olympic champ, dropped the event after winning it at trials.
Yang, gold medalist in the 400 free, was the fastest qualifier for the final. Taehawn was the silver medalist behind Phelps in Beijing.
The roster of stars in the 200 free drew comparisons to 2004 in Athens, the so-called "race of the century" that included Phelps, Australia's Ian Thorpe and the Netherlands' Pieter van den Hoogenband. Thorpe won that one, ahead of van den Hoogenband and Phelps.