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U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte celebrates winning the men's 200m backstroke final on Aug. 15. Lochte broke the men's 200m backstroke world record in winning Olympic gold in 1min 53.94sec.
updated 8/14/2008 10:24:39 PM ET 2008-08-15T02:24:39

Ryan Lochte has upset defending champion Aaron Peirsol in the 200-meter backstroke at the Beijing Olympics, winning in a world-record time and dashing his teammate’s hopes of completing a backstroke sweep for the second consecutive games.

Lochte took the lead over the final 50 meters and touched in 1 minute, 53.94 seconds, lowering the world mark of 1:54.32 that he and Peirsol had shared for more than a month.

Peirsol earned the silver in 1:54.33. Arkady Vyatchanin of Russia, who led the first 150 meters, took the bronze in 1:54.93.

Peirsol had already won the 100 back in world-record time.

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