Phelps wins Olympic showdown with Lochte, earns 16th gold medal

LONDON — Michael Phelps wins men’s 200 individual medley for record 16th Olympic gold and 20th overall today. He beat fellow American Ryan Lochte.

Earlier, Tyler Clary of the United States passed defending champion Lochte on the last lap and set an Olympic record to win the 200-meter backstroke at the London Games on Thursday.

Clary clocked 1 minute, 53.41 seconds to improve on the previous mark of 1:53.94 set by Lochte at the 2008 Beijing Games in a now-banned bodysuit.

Ryosuke Irie of Japan touched in 1:53.78 to take the silver medal and Lochte finished in 1:53.94 for bronze.

In the women’s events, Rebecca Soni of the United States set another world record to defend her 200-meter breaststroke title.

Soni clocked 2 minutes, 19.59 seconds to improve on her own mark from Wednesday’s semifinals by 0.41 seconds.

It was the sixth world record in the pool at these games.

Satomi Suzuki of Japan touched in 2:20.72 to take the silver medal and Iuliia Efimova of Russia finished in 2:20.92 for bronze.

Soni was also favored to win the 100 breast but took silver behind surprise 15-year-old winner Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania.

Meilutyte did not enter the 200.

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