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What a race on the 1st night of Olympic swimming

The retiring star with more gold medals than anyone. The friendly rival who intends to be the biggest star in London.

Michael Phelps vs. Ryan Lochte.

What a way to start eight days of swimming at the Olympic pool!

The two Americans will go head-to-head Saturday in the 400-meter individual medley, a grueling race encompassing all four strokes, an appropriate way for one or the other to fire the first salvo in this most intriguing of rivalries.

"A very rough race," said Phelps' coach, Bob Bowman, smiling at the possibilities. "It will be a coach's dream, but also a spectator's dream. It will be fantastic."

For Phelps, it's a chance to add to his record total of 14 gold medals and become the first male swimmer to win the same event at three straight Olympics. But Lochte is the defending world champion and defeated Phelps rather easily at the U.S. trials last month.


The Phelps-Lochte showdown won't be the only event on the opening night of swimming.

The home crowd will be cheering on Britain's Hannah Miley in the women's 400 IM, where she'll be competing against American teenager Elizabeth Beisel and California-based Katinka Hosszu, the latest in a long line of Hungarian medley specialists. The men's 400 freestyle figures to be a tussle among China's Sun Yang, South Korea's Park Tae-hwan and France's Yannick Angel. Ranomi Kromowidjojo leads the Flying Dutch in the women's 4x100 free relay, an event the Netherlands won at the last Olympics and the past two world championships.

The Americans will look to challenge with a relay squad that potentially includes Natalie Coughlin, who won six medals in Beijing but didn't even qualify for an individual event for these games. The 29-year-old was knocked off at the U.S. trials by an emerging wave of teenage stars, including Missy Franklin, but managed to claim a spot on the team as a possible relay swimmer by finishing sixth in the 100 free.

Without a strong showing in the preliminaries, she might not even get a chance to swim the evening final. But, if the Americans finish on the podium, a morning swim would be good enough to give Coughlin the 12th medal of her career, tying Dara Torres and Jenny Thompson as America's most decorated female Olympian.

But those races are mere warmups to the main event.

Phelps is chasing more history at these games, having already claimed the record for most golds - five more than anyone else - and knocked off Mark Spitz's iconic Olympic standard with eight wins in Beijing. Next up: Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina, who is two ahead of Phelps with 18 career medals. It shouldn't be too much of a challenge for him to take down that record, since he's got seven events in London and figures to win a medal of some color in every one of them.

Lochte doesn't mind Phelps winning silver or bronze. Those colors don't interest the laid-back Floridian in the least.


Now, we'll see if that's enough.

What an opening night indeed.


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Here are the medal events for July 28 in swimming:

- Men's 400m individual medley;

- Women's 100m butterfly;

- Men's 400m freestyle;

- Women's 400m individual medley;

- Men's 100m breaststroke; and,

- Women's 4 X 100m freestyle relay.

Link: http://www.london2012.com/swimming/schedule-and-results/day=28-july/all-day.html


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Kinda suprising that Laszlo Cech (HUN) is out of the final, he finished 9th.... Phelps and Lochte wont be next to each other one the final, Kosuke Hagino (JAP) will be on lane 4.

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Today's 400 IM Final startlist:

1 Kosuke Hagino Japan 4:10.01 Q

2 Chad le Clos South Africa 4:12.24 Q

3 Ryan Lochte United States 4:12.35 Q

4 Thiago Pereira Brazil 4:12.39 Q

5 Thomas Fraser-Holmes Australia 4:12.66 Q

6 Luca Marin Italy 4:13.02 Q

7 Yuya Horihata Japan 4:13.09 Q

8 Michael Phelps United States 4:13.33 Q

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What a joke. My first reaction on reading about this was the Koreans should just accept it. And then I look at the video 5 times and STILL see nothing wrong with Park's start. Not sure if there are platform sensors and how they work, but disqualifications should be obvious to the human eye, and this one wasn't. Big joke.

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Final results, minus the women's 100m butterfly and the men's 100m breaststroke because they were just semifinals.

Men's 400m individual medley:

- GOLD: Ryan Lochte (USA)

- SILVER: Thiago Pereira (Brazil)

- BRONZE: Kosuke Hagino (Japan) (Asian Record)

Link: http://www.london2012.com/swimming/event/men-400m-individual-medley/phase=swm054100/index.html

Men's 400m freestyle:

- GOLD: SUN Yang (China) (Olympic Record)

- SILVER: PARK Tae-Hwan (South Korea)

- BRONZE: Peter Vanderkaay (USA)

Link: http://www.london2012.com/swimming/event/men-400m-freestyle/phase=swm014100/index.html

Women's 400m individual medley:

- GOLD: YE Shiwen (China) (World Record)

- SILVER: Elizabeth Beisel (USA)

- BRONZE: LI Xuanxu (China)

Link: http://www.london2012.com/swimming/event/women-400m-individual-medley/phase=sww054100/index.html

Women's 4 X 100m freestyle relay:

- GOLD: Australia (Olympic Record)

- SILVER: Netherlands

- BRONZE: United States (Americas Record)

Link: http://www.london2012.com/swimming/event/women-4x100m-freestyle-relay/phase=sww411100/index.html

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Brazilian Thiago Pereira won silver, and it was a huge moment for him and Brazil.

He is a talent (ok, not a new Phelps) and he is a nice guy.

Very happy for him and very happy because, for the first time ever, Brazil won 3 medals in the first day of any Olympics - a major for us!

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After FINA Bureau annuls Park’s DQ in 400 freestyle, defending champ takes silver

Park Tae-hwan wiped away tears at the end of his long day. A day that nearly ended prematurely and instead concluded with a bittersweet silver medal.

After getting reinstated from a temporary disqualification following morning heats, the South Korean had his Olympic 400-meter freestyle title taken away by Chinese rival Sun Yang.

South Korea filed a protest, which was rejected, then an appeal to FINA’s jury of appeal, which eventually ruled in Park’s favor.

The sport’s governing body FINA made the decision several hours after the heat, following a video review.

“It has been a long day for me,” said Park, who trains under Australian coach Michael Bohl. “It was very difficult for me in that period between heats and finals. ... I’ve been waiting for this day and there was a lot going on in this day.”

Park’s heat time was 3:46.68 seconds, which qualified him in fourth position. The reversal of the disqualification knocked out Ryan Cochrane of Canada, who had taken the final qualifying position in eighth.

The jury’s decisions are final, meaning Canada couldn’t appeal.



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It really has been a thrilling start for Brazil. Hope it continues!

Good to see Brazil building for Rio. You've been regular finalists a lot lately.

Thank you guys!

I think today was the luckiest day ever for Brazil in the Olympics....

Talented athletes won - no doubts...

But I mean - no every day in London Brazil will win medals...

I'd bet Brazil will finish between the Top-20 (as usual), with some more lucky, maybe Top-15.

The investment in "olympic" sports in Brazil is growing lately, but still in a slow pace to reach the status of Top-10...

I think in Rio, Brazil can achieve an unexpected nice position... A new and good generation of athletes is coming and I'm very hopefull!

Let's wait n see!

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