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Tyler Clary Wins Gold, Ryan Lochte Gets Bronze In Men's 200m Backstroke At London Olympics

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United States' Tyler Clary reacts after competing in the men's 200-meter backstroke swimming semifinal at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
United States' Tyler Clary reacts after competing in the men's 200-meter backstroke swimming semifinal at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

U.S. swimmer Tyler Clary overtook Ryan Lochte on the final 50 meters to win the gold medal in the Men's 200-Meter Backstroke Final. Ryosuke Irie of Japan also beat out Lochte to win silver, while the U.S. star finished in third to take the bronze.

Lochte had the lead after 150 meters, but Clary had a great turn and was able to get by his U.S. teammate finishing with an Olympic record time of 1:53.41. Irie swam past Lochte about midway through the final leg to take silver with a time of 1:53.78.

Lochte recorded a time of 1:53.94.

It's the first individual gold medal for Clary, who's London Olympics is now over. He came in fifth in the Men's 200m Butterfly Final earlier this week.

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LONDON (AP) — Tyler Clary of the United States passed defending champion Ryan Lochte on the last lap and set an Olympic record to win the 200-meter backstroke at the London Games on Thursday.

Clary clocked 1 minute, 53.41 seconds to improve on the previous mark of 1:53.94 set by Lochte at the 2008 Beijing Games in a now-banned bodysuit.

Ryosuke Irie of Japan touched in 1:53.78 to take the silver medal and Lochte finished in 1:53.94 for bronze.

 
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