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Lochte Takes First U.S. Gold in 400 IM

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RYAN LOCHTE (Daytona Beach, Fla.) earned the United States' first gold medal of the London 2012 Olympic Games with his victory in the men's 400m individual medley at the Aquatics Centre Saturday evening.

Lochte posted a time of 4:05.18, 3.68 seconds ahead of silver medalist Thiago Pereira of Brazil. The bronze medal was won by Kosuke Hagino of Japan, who matched the Asian record of 4:08.94. MICHAEL PHELPS (Baltimore, Md.) was fourth in 4:09.28.

Lochte extends a run where he has medaled in every Olympic event he has swum in. His gold-medal time was the second-fastest in Olympic history, behind only the 4:03.84 by Phelps at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, which remains the world record in the event. Lochte's five individual medals ranks him eighth among all Olympians and fifth among male Olympians.

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