原文标题：Yannick Agnel Wins Gold In 200-Meter Freestyle, Ryan Lochte Misses Medal
Apparently, it’s Yannick Agnel’s time. One night after swimming the anchor leg as France won the men’s 4×100 relay, Agnel overpowered Ryan Lochte and the rest of a star-studded field to win gold in the men’s 200-meter freestyle. Taehwan Park of South Korea and Yang Sun of China tied for silver, with Lochte finishing fourth.
With two gold medals and just as many impressive performances, Agnel is becoming the men’s swimming star of the London Olympics. Agnel exploded toward the wall over the final 50 meters, finishing well ahead of the competition. His final time was 1:43:14 while Sun and Park touched at 1:44:93. Lochte finished in 1:45:04.
German world record holder Paul Biedermann finished fifth, followed by Robbie Renwick (GB), Thomas Fraser-Holmes (AUS), Danila Izotov (RUS). Featuring so much top swimming talent, the 200-meter free final had been billed as the “Race of the Century.”
“I did my best,” Lochte told the Associated Press. “I guess sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. I gave it 110 percent. There’s probably some things I messed up on, but you live and learn. (Agnel is) a great racer. There’s no doubt about it. He’s quick and he showed it last night and tonight. I’m happy for him. He did good.”
Lochte, who has already won gold in the 400-meter individual medley, finished with the fifth best time in preliminaries and swam in the second lane in the final.
Swimming World notes that Lochte’s performance was a far cry from the one he authored in 2011 in Shanghai, winning a world title with a time of 1:44.44. Of course, that time would have not been fast enough to defeat Agnel.
From what I’ve heard, Lochte is the 8th fastest AMERICAN at freestyle. So it’s no wonder he couldn’t medal in the event. Even the China’s Ye Shiwen had a better time in the last 50m of the 4×100.
Nobody remembers those who finished fourth. What’s his name?
That’s why they need a fourth medal—-perhaps aluminum!
I think Lochte got to full of himself and began to believe his own hype. That’s what cost him here and for the men yesterday. Dust your self off and practice for the next games in four years he is still young yet he has plenty of time…….
Isn’t Lochte the fellow who criticized Phelps for not training hard enough? Possibly, he should have trained harder.
Phelps was lucky.
First, he peaked before the competition extra keen, like now.
Secondly, all his team-mates pulled together to do their best in the relays to enable Phelps to get multiple golds. Phelps have not really trained, and in fact allowed himself to gain extra weight and be out of shape as early as in 2009.
So I feel sorry for Lochte. Had he had a Jason Lezak, instead of Phelps who didn’t train, Lochte could have earned his second gold.
Then the confidence level boost could have carried him further. (Lezak clocked 46.06, the fastest split ever recorded in a relay in the 4 X 100 meter freestyle in 2008. )
Guess it is to bad that Lezak did not qualify for the freestyle in 2012. Too bad the Lochte could not hold the lead Phelps gave him either. Teams win, teams lose
No Matter how good you was in a physical sport sooner or later Mr.Age will come knocking on your door.
Yeah Lockte this was your year NOT. You have already flubbed two races, even getting a medal in the last one. Compared to Michael Phelps you are a chump in and out of the pool.
OK, I’m sick of hearing about the Olympics already, and sick of the McDonald’s commercials. The opening ceremony, while slightly entertaining wasn’t much compared to Beijing, and I am falling asleep reading these results headlines.
He already won a gold. The pressure is off.
But….he thought he was gonna win Gold in all of them. Think again!
I wonder why NBC is running commercials about the race as though the results are not already out. “Tonight, watch Lochte go for Olympic gold, again!”
Seems to be that our athletes, once they become the greatest, are Ok chilling and smoking a few for much of the 4 years time off instead of training to beat their own records, then come back to realize that other countries’s athletes worked much harder, improved, surpassed and eat our athlete’s lunch.Perhaps this is another area to learn something from or continue accepting mediocre achievements. “I’ts ok. as long as you tried your best”,..my foot.
BARRY AND KATHY
There’s no shame in not winning every time. In fact. if we won everything it would not be interesting at all. Think how exciting it is for the winners and realize how exciting it was for us to beat the Russians for the hockey gold years ago.
The fact that the best in the world are not always Americans is to be expected. There is nothing about being born in a certain country that automatically makes you superior to someone who was not so lucky.
The Olympic Games are for the world and all nations , with out sickening poli-tics
Gee, maybe our team isn’t as good as they think!
Gee, maybe other althetes are better than our own.
That’s what the French were saying in 2008 when they were expected to dominate and our team upset them
The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part….if all the same
athletes won it ould have been boringgggggggggggggggggg.
One shouldn’t be afraid to lose this is sport.
Wow, guess people thought he was the “lock in” after Phelps especially after Phelps came in 4th in the 400!
The US is not doing good this year are they?
They are doing their best, that’s the Olympic Idea.
If we get all the Gold how other countries will feel?
From the first to the last it’s an honor to be part of the Olympic Idea
I wouldn’t say that. We’re in second place for total medal count. Considering how many countries are included, I’d call that pretty darn good.
We are tied now.
Vive la France! Amazing, considering France is the size of our state of Texas. See what a socialist country can do!
As always the Americans and the press over hype themselves.
Why don’t they keep Lochte at home and let Phelps swim? He wins!
Looks to me like our team is over hyped and under exercised.
Olympic games needs surprises events to keep interests
We have to get used to the fact that Americans won’t always win everything.
Ashamed to be American.
Time to pack up and go back home. Bye.
Can’t the Olympic stuff not be on the front page so those of us who wanted to watch tonight wouldn’t have it ruined but could still read the rest of the news.
“This is my year,” said Lochte. “I know it and I feel it, because I’ve put in hard work. I’ve trained my butt off for four years … ”
Apparently he didn’t put enough work in. He sure worked out his mouth though
I agree with you. I feel he is a little “cocky”. Unfortunately, we did not win the 400 relay and he was the “anchor”. The other 3 ahead of him kept the lead, he did not come through for the group. I’m sorry for the rest of the team. I think he was not concentrating enough. He looks like he trained but was not ready for this. I just wish that Michael Phelps had won the gold the night before
He has won a gold for the US, he has done more than you with the armchair criticizing.
I felt sad for the 4 x 100 relay team when they won Silver. Although a Silver is very good, the fact that they were leading after the third leg, it is disappointing to lose it at the end. We know how France felt four years ago. This was France’s time. Still, congratulations to all the athletes on a job well done!
I feel sad for Lochte he really gave it his all…..Phelps was the goof ball who was more interested in drinking and not practicing till 7 months ago.
Ryan did his best…He wins Gold Medal for me
PHELPS > LOCHTE
I like this kid but he just keeps saying it’s his time, well Ryan, Phelps won his eight medals in one olympics, so you only have seven to go, then it will truly be your time
Only 4th? I hope he is being sent to Guantanamo for that.
Next time make sure you scout out your competition before you open your mouth guy, otherwise things like THIS happen. Better luck next time bro. GO USA!!!!!
Lochte lost the relay (despite his teammates giving him a huge lead), and now this. Maybe he’ll stop some of his bragging now
oh well … the sun will still rise tomorrow morning …..
And the US is still a great country even if Lockte did not win.
Ryan, Loud mouth and arrogance will cost you dearly. Hope you have learned your lessons.
the french are kicking american butt
In a water sport where two seconds is the difference between gold and a 4th place finish
I wonder just how far the winner could have exploded past his competitors. Is that like the difference in arm reach, or who had longer fingers?
Congrats to the French, Korean, and Chinese Medalist.
Two seconds is more than a full body length. Winning by a hand or just fingers is less than 10/100th of a second.
Phil Hill 2012
Is that like the difference in arm reach, or who had longer fingers?
Just do some basic math.
103.14 seconds to go 200 meters = 1 meter every .5157 seconds.
The Frenchman won by 1.79 seconds. 1.79 / .5157 = 3.47 meters.
That means he beat everyone else by 11.38 feet. That isn’t an “arm reach” or “long fingers” that is two full body lengths, which in swimming is ridiculous and deserving of the term “exploded past”.