Michael Phelps Becomes First to Win Three Straight Titles

  12 Davis Wuolle | August 02nd, 2012 | London 2012 Olympics, News

Michael Phelps (USA) made Olympic history again tonight. The critics, nor Ryan Lochte (USA), could stop Michael Phelps from winning his sixteenth Olympic gold medal. Phelps became the first male swimmer in Olympic history to defend an Olympic title twice by winning the 200m Individual Medley three Games in a row.

Many have tried and all have failed to three-peat in an individual event until tonight’s win by Phelps, especially in these Games. Kosuke Kitajima (JPN) came up short in the 100 and 200 breast,

Three other swimmers have failed to best Phelps in this event. Cseh, Lochte, and Pereira have all been in the pool for each of Phelps’ Olympic 200 IM wins.

In Athens 2004, Ryan Lochte took the silver medal in the 200 IM. Laszlo Cseh (HUN) was locked out of the medals in fourth place, as was Thiago Pereira (BRA) in fifth.

In Beijing 2008, Cseh stepped up to take the silver medal behind Phelps. Ryan Lochte picked up the bronze and Pereira came home empty handed in fourth.

And finally, at these Olympics, Lochte moved back up to the silver medal position, Laszlo Cseh took the bronze. Thiago Pereira was once again locked out of a medal position, finishing in fourth place again.

200 Individual Medley over the Years:

Men’s 200 IM Olympic Final 2004* 2008 2012
Michael Phelps (USA) 1:57.54
(1st, OR)
1:54.23
(1st, WR)
1:54.27
(1st)
Ryan Lochte (USA) 1:58.78
(2nd)
1:56.53
(3rd)
1:54.90
(2nd)
Laszlo Cseh (HUN) 1:58.78
(4th)
1:56.52
(2nd)
1:56.22
(3rd)
Thiago Pereira (BRA) 2:00.11
(5th)
1:58.64
(4th)
1:56.74
(4th)

*Notes: The bronze in 2004 went to George Bovell (TRI) at 1:58.80. The world record is currently held by Ryan Lochte (in textile) at 1:54.00 from 2011 World Championships in Shanghai, China

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I wanted to see Michael make history so badly! Now if he can only do it one more time in the 100 fly… Does it matter that he and Ryan also 3-peated in 800 FR? Michael and Hansen also could do it in 400 MR!

Relays do not count.
As long as you are a top american swimmer, three-peating in relays is not that difficult.

jean michel

Monster Huge Fantastic extraordinary Michael Phelps ….what else to say ? a great Man and champion >>>>> Love and peace brother > U are the athlete of this meet .

Great result for Phelps!
What a deep field… Pereira made a personal textile best.

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