1 last time: Phelps and Lochte duke it out in Olympic pool

Ross Houston
August 12, 2016

On the sixth night of swimming in Rio de Janeiro, the Campbell sisters seek the same golden prize in the women's 100 freestyle.

Al Oerter (discuss) and Carl Lewis (long jump) are the only athletes to have achieved the feat.

Franklin's torch has been passed to Ledecky, who joined Phelps and Hungary's Katinka Hosszu as three-time swimming gold medalists in Rio. Otherwise, in 200 IM finals, Phelps has dominated Lochte. "I've missed not going to practice this year".

"I've got a clear head, I will respond", he told reporters after qualifying for the Olympic 100 meters butterfly semifinals.

Rugby sevens, which is also being played for the first time in Rio, will crown a champion Thursday.

"Obviously, the first one (200 IM), I need to take care of business, " he said. Also advancing were Chad le Clos of South Africa, James Guy of Britain and Santo Condorelli of Canada.

"(Coach) Bruce (Gemmell) just told me to think about my rhythm the first 200 and then he didn't give any other instructions", said the world record holder and defending champion who has become unbeatable at the distance.

Ledecky turned in a split of 1 minute, 53.74 seconds, which was almost 2.5 seconds faster than her next-fastest teammate, Allison Schmitt in 1:56.21.

Katie Ledecky has set an Olympic record with the fastest time in the 800-meter freestyle preliminaries Thursday.

Ledecky said she had got to bed at about 3.15 a.m and, not being one for sleeping in, was up again at about 9 a.m. "It's all just about doing my best every time". He cruised through his heat with the third-fastest time overall, one minute, 58.41 seconds, which trailed only U.S. teammate Ryan Lochte (1:57.38) and Germany's Philip Heintz (1:57.59). Adrian, bronze medalist in the 100 free on Wednesday, touched in 21.61.

In the relay, Schmitt captured gold in what was likely the final race of her career.

A little more than an hour after his butterfly final, Phelps picked up another gold medal, anchoring the United States to a comfortable victory in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay. So after Phelps won his second gold medal of these Games and vanquished le Clos, who finished fourth, he seemed to defy anyone to come and beat him.

US swimming phenom Michael Phelps will be looking to earn his 22 career gold medal in the 200 meter individual medley Thursday night. But for arguments' sake, if that 1-4 record vs. Phelps in finals disappeared, Lochte might have 12 Olympic medals, 10 of them gold.

"I consider Ryan and I have probably grown closer as friends this year than we have in the past, so we'll have one more time to hop in the pool and duke it out". "My goal is going to be making it into the finals".

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