Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte in league of their own after 200m individual medley semifinal

Phelps, Lochte into 200m IM final

Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte

Michael Phelps won his 21st career Olympic gold medal on Tuesday night, aided by Ryan Lochte in the 4x200m freestyle relay. By also winning gold, Lochte became the second most-decorated male Olympic swimmer of all-time.

But Wednesday, it was all about individual credentials at stake. Phelps and Lochte went head-to-head in their 200m individual medley semifinal.

Phelps came away with the victory, clocking one minute, 55.78 seconds to post the fastest time across both semifinals. Lochte raced to 1:56.28. Both men will advance to Thursday night’s final, about a second ahead of the rest of the field. Joining them in the final will be Brazil’s Thiago Pereira, who won a silver medal in the 400m IM at the 2012 London Olympics and 400m IM gold medalist Kosuke Hagino of Japan.

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