Lochte Vs. Agnel: 200-Meter Showdown
Michael Phelps dropped the 200-meter freestyle event. Will fellow American Ryan Lochte clinch another gold medal Monday night?
American Ryan Lochte attempts a second gold medal tonight at the 2012 London Olympics. On Monday night at 8 p.m. EST Lochte will swim the 200-meter freestyle event. The Associated Press reports Lochte faces tough international competition: Sun Yang of China, Park Tae-hwan of South Korea, Yannick Agnel of France and the current world record holder Paul Biedermann of Germany.
Numerous media outlets contend Lochte’s attempt at the gold for the 200-meter freestyle is his longest yet — especially since France’s Agnel beat Lochte at the 4x100 freestyle relay on Sunday. France took home gold while Lochte and Phelps took home silver.
The Huffington Post reports Lochte and Sun Yang were the top two swimmers on Sunday during the 200-meter freestyle qualifying event: Sun Yang came in at 1 minute, 46.24 seconds but Lochte "dragged" behind at 1 minute 46.45 seconds. Agnel (France) was just behind Lochte with 1 minute, 46.60 seconds. Even in the face of tight competition, Ryan Lochte didn’t seem stressed when asked about his qualifying times. "I didn’t go to bed until like 2 a.m., so I am a little tired, but it was a prelims swim, so I’m not too worried about it."
The 27-year-old Lochte currently holds eight Olympic medals: four gold, two silver and two bronze. Most experts agree tonight's 200-meter freestyle race will likely be a stand-off between Lochte and Agnel. Lochte has won two medals so far at the 2012 London Olympics: a gold medal in the 400-meter individual medley and a silver in the 4x100 relay.
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