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Michael Phelps wins gold in men's 200 IM

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 12-08-2016 Nicole Auerbach

Michael Phelps (USA, right)) and Ryan Lochte (USA) after the men's 200m individual medley semifinals in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games. © Rob Schumacher, USA TODAY Sports Michael Phelps (USA, right)) and Ryan Lochte (USA) after the men's 200m individual medley semifinals in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games. RIO DE JANEIRO — Michael Phelps is getting closer and closer to finishing off these Games exactly the way he wants.

So far: Four event finals down, four gold medals in hand. Phelps’s latest came in the 200-meter individual medley, an event Phelps has now won in four consecutive Olympics. Ryan Lochte failed to win a medal in the race, finishing fifth.

Thursday night’s race was the final one between Lochte and Phelps, who have been squaring off in this particular event for 12 years.

The most decorated Olympian in history, Phelps now has 22 gold medals and 26 medals overall. He is expected to swim next in the men’s 100 butterfly final Friday night, and then the medley relay Saturday evening.

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