Michael Phelps, Lochte Highlight 200 IM Semi-Finals

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Men’s 200 IM Semi-Finals:

Semi-finals of the men’s 200 individual medley were highlighted by a trio of men in their thirties. The USA’s Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte held a tight race with Brazil’s Thiago Pereira for the top seed in heat two of semi-finals. Phelps pulled ahead with a strong breaststroke leg to take over the lead from Pereira and claim the top seed with a 1:55.78.

Locate charged ahead of Pereira in the final 50 meters to pick up the second seed with a 1:56.28, while Pereira settled for a third place seed of 1:57.11.

Kosuke Hagino of Japan delivered a time of 1:57.38 from heat one of the semi-finals to claim the fourth place seed, just ahead of Great Britain’s Dan Wallace (1:57.97).

China’s Wang Shun returns tomorrow night as the sixth place seed with a 1:58.12, followed closely by Japan’s Hiromasa Fujimori’s 1:58.20.

Germany’s Philip Heintz rounds out the top eight qualifiers with a 1:58.85.

Full results are available here.