Lochte won the latest battle between the two swimmers, besting Phelps by one second in the 400-meter individual medley. Lochte, a 27-year-old from Florida, won five gold medals at last year’s world swimming championships. In both of his head-to-head races with Phelps at that event, Lochte emerged victorious.
Both swimmers qualified for the event at the upcoming Summer Olympics in London, England. Phelps, the winningest Olympian ever (with 14 gold medals), is aiming for another eight gold medals at those games.
After the Beijing Olympics in 2008, Phelps said he wouldn’t do eight events again. Now, he’s saying that the London Olympics will be his last.
Phelps still has to earn a spot for a few of the eight events he’s targeting, but it would be an upset if he failed to do so. He will be heavily favored in his four remaining events, the 100-meter and 200-meter butterfly, the 200-meter free and the 200-meter individual medley.