Lochte Beats Phelps at First Trials Event

Sets up London showdown

Adam Roy

Ryan Lochte scored his first-ever victory over Michael Phelps in the 400-meter individual medley in Monday’s U.S. Olympic swimming trials, securing his berth in the event at this summer’s London games. Lochte edged out Phelps by nearly three tenths of a second, despite a pyrotechnic error that sent flames shooting up from the side of the pool during the race. After the race, Phelps said he was happy with his performance. “I’m very pleased,” he said. “I just wanted to put myself in a position to win.” Both swimmers qualified for the London Olympics, which begins July 27.

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