USA swimmers Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte continue to haul in the hardware at the London Summer Olympics, and they’ll face each other for the second time in these Games tonight on NBC. Lochte took Round 1 on Saturday with a gold medal in the 400m Individual Medley (Phelps did not place). Phelps vs. Lochte Round 2 will be in the 200m Individual Medley race airing in prime time on NBC (it’s tape-delayed, so hopefully you’ve avoided spoilers on the Internet, or radio, or TV). Here are highlights of tonight’s swimming action from the NBC press release:
Tonight is the 200m individual medley, Round 2 of Michael Phelps vs. Ryan Lochte. Phelps is the reigning Olympic champion and Lochte is the reigning world champion and current world record holder. Phelps nipped Lochte by less than a tenth of a second at Trials. It will be part of a very busy night for Lochte, who is favored for gold in the 200m backstroke that begins just 30 minutes before his clash with Phelps. For Lochte, who turns 28 the following day, there would be no better birthday present than a pair of gold medals. Meanwhile, swimming’s new sensation, 17-year-old Missy Franklin, dives in for the 100m freestyle, the fifth of seven events on her ambitious Olympic program. In the 200m breaststroke, Rebecca Soni is the reigning Olympic and world champion, and she has a chance to here to complete the first women’s breaststroke sweep in 16 years.