Skooter reporting 07/29/12
In the 400-meter individual medley face-off betweenand which they dubbed as the Splash of the Titans, it came out Lochte performed like a true titan, running off with the gold medal in yesterday’s preliminaries.
The true titan finished ahead of Phelps of more than four seconds with a winning time of 4:05.18 and stopping Phelps from winning his 17th medal. Phelps finished fourth in 4:09.28. Phelps had a record eight gold medals in the Beijing 2008 Games.
Nonetheless, Lochte didn’t come close to hit Phelps’ world record of 4:03.84. In 2008, Phelps was snapped with a marijuana pipe at a college party where his commitment to training has been questioned ever since. Phelps finished a surprising six seconds behind his own record.
In his next races, he needs three medals to outdo Russian gymnast Laris Latynina as the most decorated Olympian of all time.
Phelps was quoted as saying, “It was just a crappy race. It’s just really frustrating to start off on a bad note like this.’’
At the end of the race, Lochte who beat Phelps in the 200-meter freestyle and the 200-meter IM at last year’s World Championships, said he was shocked not to have his fellow teammate standing next to him in the medal platform at the awards ceremony.
Lochte was quoted as saying, “It is weird not having Michael with me on the medal stand because when Michael swims he’s always on the medal stand.”