Michael Phelps led from start to finish in winning the 200-meter individual medley in 1 minute 54.27 seconds, his second gold medal of these Games and the 16th of his career. Ryan Lochte, who finished third in the 200 backstroke 30 minutes before the IM, made a late push during the freestyle leg but finished second in 1:54.90. Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh was third in 1:56.22.
Phelps, who now has 20 career Olympic medals, became the first man to win the same swimming event in three straight Olympics; he also won the 200 IM in Athens and Beijing. He will be back in the pool in less than 30 minutes for the semifinals of the 100 butterfly.