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France’s Yannick Agnel Gets Second Gold, Beats Lochte Again

July 30, 2012

France’s Yannick Agnel cruised to his second gold medal of the Olympic swimming competition today, leading his rivals including the U.S.’s Ryan Lochte from start to finish of the men’s 200-meter freestyle.

The 20-year-old who overhauled Lochte in the final leg of the 400-meter freestyle relay yesterday stormed to victory at London’s Aquatic Center in 1 minutes, 43.14 seconds.

Lochte, who took Michael Phelps’s 400-meter individual medley crown on the first day of the swimming meet, failed to place in the top three.

“In my last 50 (meters) I just took two breaths and I just put my head down,” Lochte, who finished in 1:45.04, told reporters. “That’s a solid time for me. I can go a lot faster - - I don’t really know where I fell off.”

China’s Sun Yang and South Korea’s Park Tae Hwan were in a dead heat for the silver medal, finishing in 1:44.93. Lochte was fourth at 1:45.04. No bronze medal was awarded.

World champion Paul Biedermann of Germany was fifth. Phelps, the 2008 Olympic champion, didn’t enter the event this year.

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