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Olympic Swim Trial 2012 - Ryan Lochte Beats Michael Phelps At Us Olympic Swimming Trials

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Ryan Lochte still has Michael Phelps' number.Phelps, though, has put himself in position to go for another gaudy number: eight gold medals at the London Olympics.Lochte won his latest showdown with the winningest Olympian ever, beating Phelps for the first time in the 400-meter individual medley at the US swimming trials Monday night.In taking the first spot on the Olympic team, Lochte extended his dominance of Phelps that goes back to last year's world championships, where the 27-year-old Floridian won five gold medals and both head-to-head races against Phelps. "The first race is always the hardest," Lochte said. "I can take a deep breath now, relax and whatever happens, happens."Phelps started strong on the butterfly leg, his best stroke, but Lochte took command when they switched to the breaststroke. He built a lead of about a half-body length and held off Phelps in the freestyle finish, cruising to the wall with one arm extended to post a time of 4 minutes, 7.06 seconds.That he is even swimming the 400 IM shows Phelps has regained the focus and dedication that faded away after the 2008 Olympics. At those games, he won his second straight gold medal in the grueling race, then insisted he was done with it. Over the past few months, however, he quietly put the event back in his repertoire -- and now he'll be swimming it again in London. Going forward at the trials, Phelps will be heavily favored to claim a spot on the US Olympic team in four other individual events: the...

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