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Ryan Lochte edges out Michael Phelps at US trials

Updated: Wednesday, 27 Jun 2012 17:57

Ryan Lochte is competing in 10 individual events, plus the three relays at the US trials
Ryan Lochte is competing in 10 individual events, plus the three relays at the US trials

Ryan Lochte saw off rival Michael Phelps to claim first place in the 400-metre individual medley at the United States Olympic trials.

Both men booked their places at London 2012, but it was Lochte who came away with the psychological advantage as he finished first in a time of four minutes 7.06 seconds.

Phelps came in just behind him in 4mins 07.89secs, while Tyler Clary, who led the race at one point, completed the top three in 4:09.92.

Today was the first of a possible six finals in which the two men could clash this week, with the 100m and 200m freestyle, 200m backstroke, 200m medley and 100m butterfly also on the agenda.

Phelps won gold in the 400m medley in 2004 and 2008, but afterwards stated his intention to ditch the event.

He has now gone back on that promise, although Lochte has had the edge over his rival of late.

Elsewhere, Peter Vanderkaay and Conor Dwyer sealed their places on the team in the 400m freestyle, while Elizabeth Beisel and Caitlin Leverenz were first and second in the women's 400m medley.

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USA 45 27 30 102
China 38 28 23 89
Great Britain 29 17 19 65
Russia 25 25 32 82
South Korea 13 8 7 28
Ireland 1 1 3 5
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