Michael Phelps wins 22nd Olympic gold medal in 200 individual medley
RIO DE JANEIRO– Michael Phelps wins his fourth gold medal of the Rio Olympics and 22nd overall with a victory in the 200-meter individual medley. Kosuke Hagino of Japan takes the silver and Wang Shun of China earns the bronze. Phelps rival Ryan Lochte did not medal.
America has its latest backstroke great.
Ryan Murphy completed a sweep of the men’s backstroke events, taking gold in the 200 meters Thursday night at the Rio Olympics.
Murphy also won the 100 back, becoming the third American man in the last five Olympics to take both races. Aaron Peirsol pulled off the sweep at Athens in 2004 and Lenny Krayzelburg claimed both golds at the 2000 Sydney Games.
The 21-year-old Murphy touched in 1 minute, 53.62 seconds. Australia’s Mitch Larkin grabbed the silver in 1:53.96, just ahead of Russia’s Evgeny Rylov with the bronze in 1:53.97.
The United States has not lost a men’s backstroke final at the Olympics since 1992.
This item has been corrected to reflect that Murphy is the third American man in the last five Olympics, not three, to take both races.
Rie Kaneto of Japan pulled away from Yulia Efimova to take gold in the women’s 200-meter breaststroke at the Rio Olympics.
Kaneto grabbed the lead on the third of four laps and powered to the finish comfortably in front. The winning time was 2 minutes, 20.30 seconds.
Efimova was 1.67 seconds behind, leaving the Russian with another silver medal. She also finished second to American Lilly King in the 100-meter breaststroke.
China’s Shi Jinglin took the bronze in 2:28.28.
Australia’s Taylor McKeown was top qualifier in the semifinals and grabbed the early lead. But she couldn’t hang on, fading to fifth.
MEDAL ALERT: Ryan Murphy of the United States has won gold in the 200-meter backstroke, completing a sweep of the men’s backstroke events. Mitch Larkin of Australia takes silver and Evgeny Rylov of Russia gets bronze.