Lochte takes Olympic Gold in Medley, Phelps 4th

Posted July 28th, 2012 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
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American swimmer Ryan Lochte crushed rival Michael Phelps and the rest of the field Saturday, to win the 400-meter individual medley at the Summer Olympic Games in London. Thiago Pereira of Brazil finished second, barely edging Japan's Kosuke Hagino, who won the bronze.

Phelps, who trailed most of the race, came in fourth, more than four seconds behind the victor. The finish marked the first time since the 2000 Games that Phelps failed to win at least a bronze medal in an Olympic race.

In men's road cycling, Kazakhstan's Alexander Vinokourov (Vino-KU-rov) won the gold, ruining Britain's favored chances for a victory in the 250-kilometer race.

In archery, the U.S. team shocked South Korea to move into the gold medal match against Italy. Italy later won the gold, beating the U.S. team by one point on the final shot.

In men's under-60 kilogram judo, Russia's Arsen Galstyan upset the top two seeds, including two-time world champion Rishod Sobirov of Uzbekistan.

The heavily favored U.S. women's basketball team stretched its Olympic winning streak to 34 games by defeating Croatia 81-56 Saturday. The U.S. women have won four straight Olympic gold medals.

The 17-day competition in 26 sports runs through August 12.