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Cuban-American Swimmer Ryan Lochte Aims for Another 2016 Olympic Gold

IMAGE: Conor Dwyer, Ryan Lochte, Townley Haas and Michael Phelps

The United States team from left, Conor Dwyer, Ryan Lochte, Townley Haas and Michael Phelps celebrate with their gold medals after the men's 4x200-meter freestyle relay at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Matt Slocum / AP

Ryan Lochte, one of the strongest swimmers alive, and teammate Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian in history, will face off in the 200 individual medley on Day 6 of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Wednesday night Phelps bested Lochte by less than half a second in the semifinal round for the 200 individual medley. Since the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, Lochte and Phelps gave competed in the 200IM.

Both American swimmers have won gold medals and World Championships, and worked together to win gold for the 4x200m freestyle relay for Team USA.

Lochte's mother, Ilena, will be one of his most boisterous cheerleaders at his final 2016 Olympic race Thursday evening. His 95-year-old Cuban-American grandmother, however, is proving to be his strongest supporter from her nursing home in the U.S.

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Lochte placed first in his first qualifying heat for the 200IM, and second in his second qualifying race. He told NBC Olympics he only got four hours of sleep before he competed in the heat. When asked how he plans to tackle his last race, Lochte said he will focus on recovering.

"You know, just recover, especially how old I am right now," Lochte said. "It takes a lot more time to recover, so just take care of my body, get some rest and just race."

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