Phelps and Lochte duke it out at Olympics for the last time

Phelps and Lochte duke it out at Olympics for the last time

Not only that, but Phelps was also facing a tough schedule on Thursday night with a race right after the medal ceremony.

"I wouldn't say it's all or nothing", Lochte said.

"Ryan and I always have great races against one another".

In an interview with NBC leading up to Thursday tonight's climatic 200m IM, an event the two have gone head-to-head in since 2004, Lochte mused on his legacy with one of the most Lochte-esque quotes ever.

Phelps couldn't quite shake his pursuers though and, after Le Clos faded, Sakai threatened in the closing metres to draw level or even overtake him. "We bring the best out of each other", Lochte said.

This is a race that, like some others, Phelps has dominated over the past dozen years. "I'm getting used to him doing these insane things before championships". Bronte is the reigning world champion, but Cate is the world-record holder.

Ryan has already recorded a gold medal in the 4×200 freestyle, when he anchored the United States of America team to victory on August 9.

"My goal was to win one gold", Murphy said.

Lochte and Phelps' rivalry was a bit heated in London, but it is less so now. In total, he has acquired 25 Olympic medals, and he has two more chances to win more medals to add to his hefty collection. The winning time was 2:20.30. She also finished second to American Lilly King in the 100-meter breaststroke.

Phelps hustled off after his victory, knowing he had to come back about 40 minutes later for the semifinals of the 100m butterfly, another event he will be trying to win for the fourth straight time.

Finally, with Phelps having finished well ahead of the field and taken off his caps, leaving no doubt as to who had actually won, Friedman was left to somberly tell his Canadian audience, "I apologize. I know after this I'm going to need some time off just a break mentally and physically".