That was clear when two of the best swimmers in Olympic history faced off against each other in the 200-meter individual medley semifinals on Wednesday night!
At the end of the tight race, Phelps narrowly took first place with a 1:55.78, and Lochte was close behind with a 1:56.26. Third place went to Brazil’s own Thiago Pereira, who finished with a 1:57.11.
After the faceoff, Phelps told NBC that he always enjoys racing against Lochte, explaining:
“I love racing him. I think for me, he brings the best out of me. We’re racers, it’s meets like these that I love the most where he and I get to go and kind of duke it out.”
The two American powerhouses will duke it out again during the final race on Thursday, so no medals were given out this round — at least on the men’s side of the pool!
The U.S. Women’s Swim Team, on the other hand, claimed gold in the 4×200 women’s freestyle relay on Wednesday night!
Katie Ledecky, Allison Schmitt, Maya DiRado, and Leah Smith swam to victory over Australia who won silver and Canada who won bronze.
This marks the third gold medal for the 19-year-old Ledecky since the games started, but another historic gold medal win was earned by American cyclist Kristin Armstrong!
Four years after retiring from the sport in 2012, the Olympic returned to the games to win her third gold medal in the individual road time trial on Wednesday — one day before her 43rd birthday!
Not only does this victory make Armstrong the first person ever to win the same Olympic cycling event three times in a row, but she’s also the third oldest woman in Olympic history to win an individual event!
AH-Mazing! Ch-ch-check out all the highlights from Wednesday’s events (below) and hear what Armstrong had to say about her historic win!
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