Michael Phelps Collects 22nd Gold Medal; Becomes First Swimmer Ever To Fourpeat An Event

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Men’s 200 IM FINAL:

Michael Phelps of the USA continued to etch his name into history with his 22nd Olympic gold medal and becomes the first man or woman to win the same event four times, let alone four times in a row.

Thiago Pereira of Brazil got off to an early lead, touching first in the fly to back turn with a split of 24.74, but was unable to hold off the backstroke talent of the USA’s Ryan Lochte. Phelps hung close with them, but waited until the breaststroke leg to make his move, quickly inching ahead to turn first for the final leg.

Phelps continued to extend his lead in the final 25-meters to finish close to two seconds ahead of the competition, securing his 22nd gold medal and a four-peat of the 200 individual medley.

Surprisingly Pereira (1:58.02) and Lochte (1:57.47) both fell off the pace, finishing outside of the podium as seventh and fifth respectively.

It was Japan’s Kosuke Hagino who snuck in to claim the silver medal with a time of 1:56.61, earning his second individual medal of the Games.

China’s Wang Shun joined Phelps and Hagino on the podium with a final time of 1:57.05, just ahead of Japan’s Hiromasa Fujimori and his time of 1:57.21.

Germany’s Philip Heintz posted a sixth place finish of 1:57.48, while Great Britain’s Dan Wallace as eighth with a 1:58.54.

RANK LANE NAME NOC AGE R.T. 50M 100M 150M 200M
1 4 PHELPS Michael USA 31 0.72 24.91 (2) 53.45 (=2) 1:26.96 (1) 1:54.66
28.54 33.51
2 6 HAGINO Kosuke JPN 21 0.64 25.03 (=3) 54.39 (4) 1:28.79 (5) 1:56.61
29.36 34.40
3 7 WANG Shun CHN 22 0.67 25.21 (6) 55.08 (6) 1:29.30 (7) 1:57.05
29.87 34.22
4 1 FUJIMORI Hiromasa JPN 25 0.69 25.24 (7) 54.69 (5) 1:28.17 (4) 1:57.21
29.45 33.48
5 5 LOCHTE Ryan USA 32 0.72 25.03 (=3) 53.44 (1) 1:28.09 (3) 1:57.47
28.41 34.65
6 8 HEINTZ Philip GER 25 0.79 25.28 (8) 55.53 (7) 1:29.06 (6) 1:57.48
30.25 33.53
7 3 PEREIRA Thiago BRA 30 0.68 24.74 (1) 53.45 (=2) 1:27.37 (2) 1:58.02
28.71 33.92
8 2 WALLACE Dan GBR 23 0.70 25.12 (5) 55.98 (8) 1:29.43 (8) 1:58.54
30.86 33.45

Full results from tonight available here.

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Taylor Brien is the Assistant Operations Manager and a staff writer at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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