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One of the biggest finals of the Olympics ended with a bang on Saturday. Ryan Lochte claimed gold in the 400m individual swimming medley, leaving Michael Phelps without any medal at all. As early as the first turn it was a head-to-head matchup between the two American teammates and friends. By the third turn, Lochte was well ahead. Phelps finished fourth. Michael Phelps, thought to be the greatest swimmer of all time, has 14 medals to his name; Lochte now has 4. But so far, Phelps has floundered this Olympics, only qualifying for the final by 7/100ths of a second. The medley is one of the most challenging races. Phelps won the event at the 2004 and 2008 Games, while Lochte won the event at last year’s World Championship.