Olympic swimming: Clary shocks Lochte for 200m backstroke goldAugust 3rd, 2012 - 2:37 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 3 (IANS/RIA Novosti) America’s Tyler Clary won gold in a new Olympic record in the men’s 200 meters backstroke here.
Clary, the fastest qualifier for the final, clocked 1 minute, 53.41 seconds in a tight finish Thursday.
“I stuck to my guns and I was able to come by in those last few 15 metres and get my hand on the wall,” Clary said.
“That was the perfect race I swam tonight, it couldn’t have gone any better.”
Japanese champion Ryosuke Irie, who won gold in the 100m event, claimed the silver in 1:53.78, while Ryan Lochte of the US won bronze in 1:53.94.
Lochte, the favourite for gold, had led for most of the race but tired in the final straight.
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