Hottie Ryan Lochte goes for gold no. 2

Jul 30, 2012 at 3:44 p.m. ET

Michael Phelps dropped the 200-meter freestyle event. Will fellow American Ryan Lochte clinch another gold medal Monday night?

Ryan Lochte gold medal attempt 200-meter freestyle.

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.

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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.

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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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