Ryan Lochte Takes Home First Gold Medal for US in the London Olympics
The United States can thank Ryan Lochte for scoring the team’s first gold medal after his win in the 400-meter individual swimming medley on Saturday (July 28).
The 27-year-old speed swimmer beat out Michael Phelps, who came in fourth after finishing last in the qualifying race earlier this morning.
Lochte is the reigning world champion in the 400 IM and said, “I put the work in, so I know it’s my time and I’m ready,” after his impressive win.
In return, the 14-time Olympic gold medalist said, “Just a crappy race. I felt fine the first 200. I don't know. I don't think the lane has anything to do with it. It's just really frustrating to start off on a bad note like this.”
Michael added, “It's pretty upsetting. The biggest thing now is to try to get past this and move forward. I was lucky to get in. I had a chance to put myself in a good spot to start off, and I didn't do it.”
Enjoy the pictures of Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps in the final of the Men's 400m Individual Medley on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre (July 28).