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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