Phelps outduels Lochte in 200 IM

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Janet Evans swims in the women's 800-meter freestyle preliminaries at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, Saturday, June 30, 2012, in Omaha, Neb.  MARK HUMPHREY/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Janet Evans swims in the women's 800-meter freestyle preliminaries at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, Saturday, June 30, 2012, in Omaha, Neb.

OMAHA, Neb. — Michael Phelps won another duel with Ryan Lochte at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, edging his rival in their most stirring race yet to take the 200-meter individual medley.

Phelps had a significant advantage for Saturday night’s race, coming in fresh while Lochte had to recover quickly after winning the 200 backstroke a half-hour earlier.

If Lochte was tired, he sure didn’t look it, going stroke for stroke with the 14-time Olympic gold medalist. But Phelps led at every turn and got to the wall in 1 minute, 54.84 seconds, the fastest time in the world this year.

Lochte was right behind in 1:54.93. The two slapped hands and headed off to London for the races that really matter.

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