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Michael Phelps wins 200 IM showdown for 22nd career gold medal


Michael PHelps pulls away from Ryan Lochte and the rest of the field during the third leg of the 200-meter individual medley on Thursday. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Michael PHelps pulls away from Ryan Lochte and the rest of the field during the third leg of the 200-meter individual medley on Thursday. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
The final showdown between longtime rivals Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte in the 200-meter individual medley instead turned into another display of Phelps’ dominance at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on Thursday.

Phelps touched the wall almost two seconds ahead of Japan’s Kosuke Hagino, who finished second, to win his fourth gold medal at these Games.
Lochte, who holds the world record in the event, faded during the final leg to place fifth.
Phelps finished in 1 minute 54.66 seconds to win the event at his fourth consecutive Olympics.
He now owns 26 Olympic medals, 22 of them gold, and plans to retire after the Games.
"I say this a lot, but every single day I'm living a dream come true," Phelps said. "As a kid, I wanted to do something that no one had ever done before, and I'm enjoying it. Being able to finish how I won is just something very special to me and this is why you are seeing more and more emotion on the medal podium."

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