Phelps, Lochte face off in individual medley finals

Michael Phelps

Lochte and Phelps were the third and fourth legs of Tuesday's Gold-winning US team in the 4x200 freestyle relay.

An hour passed when Phelps added the 21st gold to his collection by helping team US win the 4x200 freestyle relay together with Conor Dwyer, Townley Haas and Ryan Lochte, who swam the first three legs and let him finish the event.

MI native Allison Schmitt led the relay for Team USA.

Ledecky was asked whether she represented the future of American swimming.

Earlier in the evening, a new king of speed was crowned in the Olympic pool. By the time he hit his final turn after 50 meters of breaststroke, he was.41 ahead of Pereira and 1.13 in front of Lochte.

"It would be great to have gold", said Adrian, who settled for bronze.

Tonight, the pair, who have combined for the 13 fastest times ever in the 200m IM, meet again, though whatever the outcome in the pool, it's unlikely to affect their friendship. "I am so proud to be a medalist for two Olympiads".

For Australia, a country known more for its distance freestylers, Chalmers became the first 100 free champion since Michael Wenden at Mexico City in 1968. She won the event four years ago during the London Olympics at age 15 as a relative unknown outside of swimming circles.

Then there's Kazakhstan, which claimed its first Olympic swimming medal. "I need one more gold to pass everyone else".

RIO DE JANEIRO South African Chad Le Clos has vowed to do all he can to take the fight to Michael Phelps one last time before the US swimming great heads into retirement.

Balandin touched in 2 minutes, 7.46 seconds. "I've said this before, but I'm just living a dream come true". He brings out the best of me. Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom figured placing second in the 200 freestyle was as good as winning a gold medal because of Ledecky's involvement and dubbed her "Queen of the Freestyle".

But those titles pale in comparison to the one he has now.

"I was so excited to get the call up today to be on this relay", said DiRado.

Katie Ledecky of Team USA will also be in action in the qualifying round for the 800 meter freestyle. The 200-meter individual medley. The Australian settled for the silver, just three-hundredths of a second behind. Britain finished second and Japan got the bronze.

Two days after winning his 20th and 21st golds, Michael Phelps looks for another, at 11:01 p.m.

Cseh finished second to Phelps three times - the 200-meter butterfly, 200-meter individual medley, and the 400-meter individual medley - in Beijing during the summer of 2008.

It's been him. And last night, after Phelps hit one end of the pool, pulled away from his friend, partner and rival in the 200-meter individual medley, and also got nearly a full body ahead of the eventual silver medal victor, it was simply him again.

It has to be weird being around Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte as an acquaintance or teammate of the duo who have been swimming with and against each other in global competition for over a decade now.

After touching, Phelps flashed four fingers, signaling his fourth consecutive gold in the 200-meter IM.

For Phelps, the butterfly victory was especially sweet after the sting of the London defeat, where he misjudged his final lunge for the wall to let Le Clos steal the gold.

Lochte has owned the 200 IM world record for seven years, but Phelps usually comes out on top against him.

Australia's Kate Campbell is the world record and Olympic record holder of this fast-paced event.

The sisters already have teamed up to lead Australia to a gold medal in the 4x100 freestyle relay.

"Are they more competitors or is this more of a bromance?"

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