Phelps Fails to Medal in Olympics Swimming Opener

Michael Phelps of the U.S. reacts after finishing in fourth place in the men's 400m individual medley during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre July 28, 2012. REUTERS/Michael Dalder (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SPORT SWIMMING)
Michael Phelps of the U.S. reacts after finishing in fourth place in the men's 400m individual medley during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre July 28, 2012. REUTERS/Michael Dalder (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SPORT SWIMMING)
Parke Brewer
LONDON – There was a shocking result in the very first swimming race at the London Olympics.  


American swimmer Ryan Lochte won the men’s 400-meter individual medley (4:05.18) by an impressive margin of more than three and a half seconds, capturing the gold medal.

Brazil’s Thiago Pereira took the silver (4:08.86) and Japan’s Kosuke Hagino got the bronze (4:08.94).

Ryan Lochte of the U.S. poses with his gold medal on the podium after winning the men's 400m individual medley final at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre July 28, 2012.Ryan Lochte of the U.S. poses with his gold medal on the podium after winning the men's 400m individual medley final at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre July 28, 2012.
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Ryan Lochte of the U.S. poses with his gold medal on the podium after winning the men's 400m individual medley final at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre July 28, 2012.
Ryan Lochte of the U.S. poses with his gold medal on the podium after winning the men's 400m individual medley final at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre July 28, 2012.
While Lochte himself is a star and was one of the favorites, it was the placement of his superstar teammate Michael Phelps that came as a big surprise.  The record-setting eight-time Olympic gold medalist in Beijing had narrowly qualified for the final out of the morning heats and ended up fourth.

Phelps did not hide his disappointment.

 “It’s frustrating.  It’s all I can say," he admitted.  "You know, it’s pretty upsetting.  But I think the biggest thing now is just to try to get past this and move forward.  I mean I have a bunch of other races and hopefully we can finish a lot better than how we started.”

Lochte said he was surprised Phelps was not next to him on the podium.

"I mean whenever Michael swims he’s always on the medal stand, no matter what," Lochte noted.  "But he did 110%.  He gave it everything he had.”

 But it was not enough this time, and Lochte won the difficult race that features all four strokes: butterfly, back, breast and freestyle.

“Feels amazing that knowing the last four years I’ve put in that hard work that it finally paid off," Lochte said during post-race press conference, "and to not only swim for my country but to have my whole entire family there in the stands cheering for me definitely gave me a little bit more of a boost.”

Lochte was asked if Phelps had anything to say to him after the race.

“He came up to me and he congratulated me and he said ‘Way to go’ and ‘we haven’t lost the 400 IM for the USA in a long time, so way to keep it going,” Lochte said.

The first swimming world record of these Games came on the opening night in the women’s 400-meter individual medley.  China’s Ye Shiwen clocked 4:28.43 seconds to break the four-year-old mark (4:29.45) by about one second set at the last Olympics by Australian Stephanie Rice, who placed sixth Saturday.  American Elizabeth Beisel won the silver (4:31.27) and China’s Lu Xuanxu got the bronze (4:32.91).

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  • China's Yi Siling reacts after winning the women's 10m air rifle final competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games in the Royal Artillery Barracks at Woolwich in southeast London July 28, 2012.
  • Kazakhstan's Alexandr Vinokurov celebrates as he wins the men's cycling road race to claim the gold medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games July 28, 2012.
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  • Louis Smith of Great Britain cries during the men's gymnastics qualification in the North Greenwich Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games July 28, 2012.
  • China's Sun Yang celebrates after winning the men's 400m freestyle final at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre July 28, 2012.
  • Michael Phelps of the U.S. reacts after finishing in fourth place in the men's 400m individual medley during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre July 28, 2012. REUTERS/Michael Dalder (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SPORT SWIMMING)

China’s Sun Yang took the gold medal in the men’s 400-meter freestyle, and Australia earned gold in the women’s 4x100 meter freestyle relay, with the Netherlands getting silver and the USA bronze.

Earlier Saturday evening, the U.S. men’s archery team upset three-time defending champion South Korea in the semifinals (224-219).  But in a dramatic battle for the gold medal, Italy’s last archer scored a 10 when his arrow landed on the ring to give his nation a one-point victory, 219-218.

South Korea won the bronze in a shoot-off against Mexico.

Photo Gallery: Michael Phelps

  • US swimmer Michael Phelps poses after receiving the trophy of the greatest olympic athlete of all time after winning gold in the men's 4x100m medley relay final during the swimming event at the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 4, 2012 in London.
  • London 2012 Olympic Games on August 4, 2012 in London. Phelps brought his Olympic swimming career to a close in style, winning a record 18th gold medal as the United States stormed to victory in the 4x100m medley relay.
  • US swimmer Michael Phelps (C) reacts with teammates Brendan Hansen, Nathan Adrian and Matthew Grevers after they competed in the men's 4x100m medley relay final during the swimming event at the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 4, 2012 in London.
  • Michael Phelps of the U.S. swims the butterfly leg of the men's 4x100m medley relay final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre August 4, 2012.
  • Michael Phelps of the U.S. celebrates winning gold in the men's 100m butterfly final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre, August 3, 2012.
  • United States' Michael Phelps displays his gold medal for the men's 100-meter butterfly swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
  • United States' Michael Phelps poses with his gold medal for the men's 4x200-meter freestyle relay swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, July 31, 2012.
  • From left, Michael Phelps, Conor Dwyer, Ricky Berens and Ryan Lochte pose with their gold medals for the men's 4x200-meter freestyle relay swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in London, July 31, 2012.
  • Michael Phelps competes in the men's 4x200-meter freestyle relay swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, July 31, 2012.
  • Michael Phelps waits to receive his silver medal for the men's 200-meter butterfly swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, July 31, 2012.
  • Michael Phelps displays his eighth gold medal after the men's 4x100-meter medley relay final at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
  • Michael Phelps competes in the 100-meter butterfly at the Indianapolis Grand Prix swimming meet in Indianapolis, March 29, 2012.
  • Michael Phelps and his mother Debbie Phelps attend the Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection during Fashion Week in New York, February 8, 2012.
  • Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps posing in the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach, Calif. (Jan 2008 file photo)
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by: Sarah from: Delaware
July 28, 2012 9:45 PM
Shame on Phelps - YEAH LOCHTE!
You get wha you get when you continue to pursue your desire - - - Phelps gave up and becam arrogant after Bejing = = = =
GO LOCHTE!!!!

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