Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps booked their places for the 2012 Olympic Games in London when they finished first and second in the 400 m Individual Medley at the American Olympic trials yesterday.
It was a classic battle between two of the best swimmers in the world and Phelps held a slight lead after the butterfly leg, only to see Lochte ease past on the backstroke.
Lochte then confirmed his status as the best swimmer in the world to hold onto the lead and win the race in 4:07:06 while Phelps finished in 4:07:89.
The next time the two swimmers will duel in the 400 IM will be at the Olympics in London in what should be one of the highlights of the Games as Phelps will go all out to defend his title and Lochte will be aiming at confirming his status as the top male swimmer on the planet.
The American Swim trials are taking place in Omaha this week and both Lochte and Phelps will be in action as both try to qualify for more events with Phelps aiming at seven individual races at the trials.