London, United Kingdom; USA swimmer Michael Phelps (front) and Ryan Lochte (back) compete in the 200m men's individual medley final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Aquatics Centre. Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
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Phelps prepares to compete in the men's 200m butterfly semifinals during the London Olympics on Tuesday.
By Erik Brady, USA TODAY
LONDON - Michael Phelps held on to beat Ryan Lochte in their showdown in the 200-meter individual medley at the London Olympics on Thursday.
Phelps won gold in 1:54.27, .63 seconds ahead of Lochte. Hungary's Laszlo Cseh won bronze.
Jeannie Blaylock interviews with Lochte: VIDEO 1 | VIDEO 2
It was the second and last finals meeting between Phelps and Lochte at the Games. Lochte won gold in the 400 IM, in which Phelps finished fourth.
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Phelps now has 20 career Olympic medals and Lochte 11. With two medals Thursday, Lochte finishes the meet second only to Phelps as the most decorated U.S. male Olympian.
Phelps became the first man to win an individual event at three consecutive Games.
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In Lochte's other final Thursday, he finished third behind winner Tyler Clary and Japan's Ryosuke Irie in the men's 200 backstroke. Lochte had roughly 22 minutes to get ready for the 200 IM.
In the 200 back, Clary's time of 1:53.41 broke the Olympic record (1:53.94) that was set by Lochte four years ago.
Whats ahead on FCN
Thursday on FCN at 6 on WJXX-ABC 25 and WTLV-NBC 12 Jeannie Blaylock and Lewis Turner focus on the BIG matchup between Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. Plus, Phil Amato shares his favorite Olympic moment.
Thursday on the Olympic Zone at 7:30 on WTLV-NBC 12 Jeannie and Lewis look at the science behind the Dolphin Kick, which Lochte is known for using.
PRIME TIME/8pm-midnight on WTLV-NBC 12 Don't miss a second of the action, including the Phelps/Lochte showdown.
PRIME TIME TV SCHEDULE
FCN at 11pm on WJXX-ABC 25 and at midnight on WTLV-NBC 12 Jeannie and Lewis breakdown the Phelps/Lochte matchup.
Friday on Good Morning Jacksonville on WJXX-ABC 25 and WTLV-NBC 12 What's the connection between track and field Sanya Richards-Ross and Tim Tebow? Tune in to find out from Jeannie and Lewis. We'll also have an interview with 1996 US Olympic team member Keith Brantley.
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8/2/2012 3:25:45 PM (GMT -4:00)