Swimmer Chad le Clos finished fifth in the men's 400 metres individual medley final at the London Olympic Games tonight. Le Clos, the second fastest qualifier in the morning session, touched first after the opening length of the butterfly leg, but faded in the middle of the race to finish in 4:12.42.
American Ryan Lochte won gold in 4:05.18 as Olympic superstar Michael Phelps was shut out of the medals. The race was expected to be a duel between 14-time Olympic gold medallist Phelps and Lochte - who settled for bronze in the event four years ago in
Instead it was Lochte who won in 4min 05.18sec, comfortably in front of Brazilian Thiago
The race was expected to be a duel between 14-time Olympic gold medallist Phelps and Lochte.
In the interim, Phelps had won six gold and two bronze in
He never led and once Lochte had gained the lead from le Clos by the end of the opening butterfly leg, the race appeared to be his to lose. Phelps had moved into second at the end of the butterfly and held onto it during the backstroke leg, but as Lochte began to extend his lead Phelps was locked in a battle with Pereira and Hagino that he was destined to lose.