Ryan Lochte turned his much-anticipated duel with Michael Phelps into a blowout, winning the Olympic 400-metre individual medley by more than 3 seconds Saturday night. Even more stunning was that Phelps did not even win a medal.
After barely qualifying for the evening final in a performance that hinted at trouble ahead, Phelps struggled to a fourth-place finish and was denied his 17th career medal. When it was done, he could barely pull himself out of the pool.
Brazil's Thiago Pereira took the silver, and Japan's Kosuke Hagino claimed the bronze - beating Phelps by a barely comfortable 34-hundredths of a second for a spot on the podium.
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