U.S. swimming star Ryan Lochte has said the 2012 London Games is his time to shine. On Monday he took on some of the world's top swimmers in the men's 200-meter freestyle in an attempt to win his second gold medal in London.
Lochte fell just short, finishing a close fourth place as France's Yannick Agnel ended up taking gold with a time of 1:43.14. Korea's Park Taehwan took silver medal and China's Sun Yang won bronze.
Michael Phelps, the reigning Olympic champion in the 200m free, opted to not compete in the event in London. He topped Lochte -- the reigning world champion in the 200m -- in the event at the U.S. Olympic Trials, but removed it from his Olympic program shortly afterwards.
Lochte, who won five gold medals at the 2011 World Championships, entered the 200m free final with the fifth-fastest time from the semifinals. Sun Yang set the fastest qualifying time at 1:45.61, followed by Agnel at 1:45.84. Germany's Paul Biedermann, who entered London as the world-record holder in the event, put up a fourth-best 1:46.10 in the semifinal, just ahead of Lochte.
Agnel and Lochte faced off Sunday as well, that time in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay. Agnel chased Lochte down in the final leg to give France the gold over the United States.
Lochte's silver in the relay marked his second medal of the London Games. He opened his Olympic competition with a dominating victory in the 400-meter individual medley.
Phelps Competes In 200-meter butterfly: Phelps was back in the water Monday, this time in one of his best events, the 200m fly. Phelps has won back-to-back Olympic gold in the event.
Phelps put in solid swims in his heat and semifinal to advance to Tuesday's final. He enters the final with the fourth-fastest time overall at 1:54.53. Phelps fell behind early in his semifinal before he charged back in the final 50m to win his heat.
Phelps -- who needs two more medals to break the all-time Olympic mark -- owns the world record in the event at 1:51.51, a time he set at the 2009 World Championships.
The 200m fly final will be contested Tuesday.
Franklinwins gold: Missy Franklin had a busy night in the pool Monday, swimming in the 100-meter backstroke final just 14 minutes after competing in the 200m free semifinals.
But the busy schedule didn’t seem to bother Franklin, as she took gold in the 100m backstroke to claim her first Olympic gold medal. She also managed to qualify for the 200m free final.