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Phelps beats Lochte in 200 IM in final duel

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Michael Phelps, top, and Ryan Lochte of the United States compete in the men's 200-meter individual medley swimming final on Aug. 2.

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Phelps swims to win the men's 200m individual medley final.

 

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Debbie Phelps, center, the mother of Michael Phelps and his sisters Hilary Phelps, left, and Whitney Phelps, cheer him on during the men's 200-meter individual medley swimming final on Aug. 2.

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Michael Phelps with his gold medal.

 

 Reuters reports: Michael Phelps  became the first male swimmer to win the same event at three successive Olympics when he clinched the men's 200 meters individual medley gold medal at the London Games on Thursday.