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Clary wins 200m backstroke gold

London – Tyler Clary won the gold medal in the Olympic men's swimming 200m backstroke here Thursday, denying US team-mate Ryan Lochte a repeat.

Clary overhauled Lochte on the final lap to win in an Olympic record of 1min 53.41sec with Ryosuke Irie of Japan taking silver in 1:53.78.

Tyler Clary won the gold medal in the Olympic men's swimming 200m backstroke, denying US team-mate Ryan Lochte a repeat. Credit: REUTERS

Lochte, the world and Olympic champion who had led at every turn, settled for bronze in 1:53.94.

Lochte was due back in the pool half an hour later taking on Michael Phelps in the 200m individual medley final.

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