Swimming at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metre individual medley

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Men's 400 metre individual medley
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue London Aquatics Centre
Dates July 28, 2012 (heats & final)
Competitors 37 from 29 nations
Winning time 4:05.18
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Ryan Lochte  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Thiago Pereira  Brazil
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Kosuke Hagino  Japan
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Sample picture of the event (unofficial)
Freestyle
50 m   men   women
100 m men women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m women
1500 m men
Backstroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Breaststroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Butterfly
100 m men women
200 m men women
Individual medley
200 m men women
400 m men women
Freestyle relay
4×100 m men women
4×200 m men women
Medley relay
4×100 m men women
Marathon
10 km men women

The men's 400 metre individual medley event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 28 July at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

U.S. overwhelming favorite Ryan Lochte pulled away from the rest of the field, including double defending champion Michael Phelps, over a wide margin to capture the Olympic title in the event. He rocketed to a strong finish in a sterling textile best of 4:05.18, the second fastest ever behind Phelps' 2008 world record by 1.34 seconds.[2][3] Meanwhile, Brazil's Thiago Pereira powered home with the silver in a matching South American record of 4:08.86, making him the first swimmer for his nation to claim an Olympic medal in the event, since Ricardo Prado did so in 1984.[4] Japanese teen Kosuke Hagino smashed an Asian record of 4:08.94 to edge Phelps out of the podium for the bronze.[5][6]

For the first time since his official debut in 2000, Phelps struggled to a fourth-place finish and denied his seventeenth career medal in 4:09.28. He almost missed the final roster by a small fraction of a second, after posting an eighth-seeded time of 4:13.33 from the morning prelims.[7][8]

South Africa's Chad le Clos (4:12.42), Hagino's teammate Yuya Horihata (4:13.30), Aussie swimmer Thomas Fraser-Holmes (4:13.49), and Italy's Luca Marin (4:14.89) rounded out the historic finale.[6] Surprisingly, Hungary's top medal favorite and European champion László Cseh missed the final by seven-hundredths of a second (0.07) with a ninth-place effort (4:13.40).[9]

Records[edit]

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Michael Phelps (USA) 4:03.84 Beijing, China 10 August 2008
Olympic record  Michael Phelps (USA) 4:03.84 Beijing, China 10 August 2008

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[12]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 4 Kosuke Hagino  Japan 4:10.01 Q, AS
2 5 2 Chad le Clos  South Africa 4:12.24 Q, NR
3 5 4 Ryan Lochte  United States 4:12.35 Q
4 3 6 Thiago Pereira  Brazil 4:12.39 Q
5 5 3 Thomas Fraser-Holmes  Australia 4:12.66 Q
6 5 6 Luca Marin  Italy 4:13.02 Q
7 5 5 Yuya Horihata  Japan 4:13.09 Q
8 4 4 Michael Phelps  United States 4:13.33 Q
9 4 5 László Cseh  Hungary 4:13.40
10 3 1 Gal Nevo  Israel 4:14.77
11 4 2 Yannick Lebherz  Germany 4:15.41
12 3 3 Yang Zhixian  China 4:15.45
13 4 6 Roberto Pavoni  Great Britain 4:15.56
14 4 3 Wang Chengxiang  China 4:15.57
15 4 1 Maksym Shemberev  Ukraine 4:16.63
16 2 4 Ward Bauwens  Belgium 4:16.71 NR
17 4 7 Ioannis Drymonakos  Greece 4:17.04
18 2 6 Raphael Stacchiotti  Luxembourg 4:17.20 NR
19 5 1 Riaan Schoeman  South Africa 4:17.22
5 7 Federico Turrini  Italy
21 3 7 Alexander Tikhonov  Russia 4:18.12
22 3 5 Dávid Verrasztó  Hungary 4:18.31
23 4 8 Alec Page  Canada 4:19.17
24 3 2 Joe Roebuck  Great Britain 4:20.24
25 1 5 Bradley Ally  Barbados 4:21.32
26 2 2 Yury Suvorau  Belarus 4:23.06 NR
2 5 Diogo Carvalho  Portugal
28 2 3 Jung Won-Yong  South Korea 4:23.12
29 2 1 Esteban Enderica Salgado  Ecuador 4:24.32 NR
30 2 8 Pedro Pinotes  Angola 4:24.69
31 1 4 Anton Sveinn McKee  Iceland 4:25.06 NR
32 5 8 Daniel Tranter  Australia 4:25.76
33 2 7 Quah Zheng Wen  Singapore 4:26.81
34 1 6 Marko Blaževski  Macedonia 4:32.38
35 1 3 Rafael Alfaro  El Salvador 4:35.80
36 1 2 Ahmed Ghithe Atari  Qatar 5:21.30
037 3 8 Taki Mrabet  Tunisia DSQ

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 3 Ryan Lochte  United States 4:05.18
2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 Thiago Pereira  Brazil 4:08.86 SA
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 4 Kosuke Hagino  Japan 4:08.94 AS
4 8 Michael Phelps  United States 4:09.28
5 5 Chad le Clos  South Africa 4:12.42
6 1 Yuya Horihata  Japan 4:13.30
7 2 Thomas Fraser-Holmes  Australia 4:13.49
8 7 Luca Marin  Italy 4:14.89

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming: Results & Schedules". London 2012. NBC Olympics. 28 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Ryan Lochte wins medley gold as Michael Phelps finishes fourth". BBC Sport. 28 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Lochte wins 400 IM final for first US gold". ESPN. 28 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Carroll, Mary (28 July 2012). "Brazil Starts Olympics With a Gold: Daily". The Rio Times. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Newberry, Paul (28 July 2012). "Lochte wins 400m IM in blowout; Phelps finishes 4th". London 2012. NBC Olympics. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "2012 London Olympics: Ryan Lochte Posts Textile Best, Demolishes Field in 400 IM; Michael Phelps Misses Podium". Swimming World Magazine. 28 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  7. ^ Adderly, Esther (28 July 2012). "London 2012: Michael Phelps fourth as Ryan Lochte cruises to victory". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Slow prelims puts Phelps in unenviable Lane 8 for 400 IM final". CBS Sports. 28 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "2012 London Olympics: Kosuke Hagino With Asian Record to Lead 400 IM; Phelps Underperforms". Swimming World Magazine. 28 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Bishop, Greg (9 August 2008). "Phelps smashes world record to win gold". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 August 2008. 
  11. ^ a b "Opening statement: Phelps grabs gold, WR in 400 IM". ESPN. 10 August 2008. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "Men's 400m Individual Medley – Heats". London 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 

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