London 2012 Olympics: Swimming Day OneLive

Ryan Lochte easily defeats Michael Phelps in their first London 2012 clash while Hannah Miley seeks to win Britain's first medal in the pool.

28 July 2012

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  1. 2109: 

    Lastly, a look ahead to Sunday. Will Rebecca Adlington now be the first British medallist at London 2012?

    We've a fair few other candidates to get through first, but it just might come down to Britain's double Olympic champion over the 400m freestyle distance - her less-favoured event (the 800m is her real title hope) but still a big prospect for GB.

    Join me back here for that and much more at the same time on Sunday.

  2. 2106: 

    No doubt what the story is tonight: China.

    Phelps-Lochte never really came to pass, but has a new era for China's swimmers settled over the Olympic pool?

    Wins for Sun Yang and, with a quite incredible final burst in the freestyle leg, for Ye Shiwen have set China on course for a level of success we simply don't traditionally associate with them in swimming.

    Watch Sun shine on our website but, if you only have time to watch one highlight of the night, make it Ye's fabulous finale.

    Mark Foster, Former Olympic swimmer and BBC analyst

    "China have great strength in depth and they've got people who come through when others don't perform. But that last 100m from Ye Shiwen was something I've never seen before.

    "For Hannah Miley, in front of your home crowd you want to perform. The ones that mean the most are in front of your friends and family. It was a great swim. I felt for her and I wanted to see her on that podium."

  4. 2059: 

    That's the last race of the night. If you want full results and splits from all of the night's racing (and the heats), you can find those on our website.

  5. 2057: 

    The medal drought. It continues. Canada had this at Vancouver 2010 when no gold medals materialised on day one (although admittedly they got onto the medal table, at least). That turned out alright for them - they won it.

  6. 2055: 

    Great Britain's time for fifth was 3:37.02.

    Andy Jameson, BBC Sport swimming commentator

    "A good swim from GB. Equal seventh going in and they've come fifth. But how do Australia do it every time?"


    Australia grab an Olympic record too: 3:33.15.


    It's Australia who win it - and the Dutch grab silver with the US third and Britain fifth.

  10. 2052: 

    One leg to go! Still those yellow Aussie caps a teensy margin ahead, then the US and the Dutch now. Bunfight for third.

    Adrian Moorhouse, Olympic swimming gold medallist and BBC pundit

    "Fantastic split from Fran. She's given GB the best shot."

  12. 2051: 

    Halfway: US one, Australia two, Great Britain up to third...

  13. 2050: 

    One leg down, three to go: US lead China by six hundredths, Australia third, GB fourth.


    This is our first sighting of Missy Franklin, the 17-year-old American "phenom" (first and last time I'm using that), at these Olympic Games. She lines up in the US team for the women's 4x100m freestyle relay, where Australia are the main challengers with a British quartet also in the mix.


    Thomas Gayle on Twitter: "Fantastic post-race interview from Hannah Miley, fellow Olympians take note. No excuses just honest reflection. I'm a big fan."

  16. 2046: 

    Michael Jamieson tells BBC Sport: "It was pretty close. I had a great swim this morning with a good chunk off my best time. I need to treat every 100m swim as a final - I was a bit disappointed to finish ninth but it bodes well for the 200m overall."

  17. 2045: 

    Michael Jamieson finishes third-fastest in his men's 100m breaststroke semi-final and ratchets up the volume inside the Aquatics Centre.

    However, he's ninth-fastest overall from the two semis - and now it's a little quieter again. No Brits through to finals. Australia's Christian Sprenger won that semi in 59.61, Jamieson third in 59.89. Six qualified from the first semi, Van der Burgh the fastest with his Olympic record.

    Adrian Moorhouse, Olympic swimming gold medallist and BBC pundit

    "Van der Burgh paced that perfectly. A new Olympic record and he doesn't even look bothered. Wow, that's good. I'm glad he got his pacing right."

  19. 2041: 

    To make up for the lack of Britishness going on there, we have two in the second semi - Craig Benson and Michael Jamieson. Benson, 18, was the surprise world junior champion in Peru last year, while Jamieson took the place of Dan Sliwinski in the British team after the latter picked up a shoulder injury following GB trials.


    South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh wins the first men's 100m breaststroke semi in a new Olympic record of 58.83secs but Kosuke Katajima doesn't live up to the hype, finishing fourth in 59.69. Will he make the final?


    Stu Newman on Twitter: "Two of our [British] athletes, hotly tipped for medals, come away with nothing. Not a good start. A sign of things to come?"

  22. 2037: 

    Men's 100m breaststroke semis now. In the first, Japan's Kosuke Katajima is one name to watch among many here, setting a time of 59.63 seconds in the heats. No Brits in this one.


    Bob Bowman, Michael Phelps' coach, does not hold back: "I don't think the lane had anything to do with it. He certainly didn't get by on talent with that one.

    "This morning I thought he was OK because, although he didn't look that great, he didn't try that hard and those guys kind of lulled themselves to sleep. I thought he'd do pretty well tonight.

    "His backstroke wasn't very good, I thought his breaststroke was credible, his freestyle was not good on the end which I don't really understand because he trained really well coming in here - I'm surprised.

    "In the long term, it's a fitness issue in terms of what he hasn't done over the last four years. He said it was horrible and it was, that was an accurate assessment."


    Jeffrey Smith on Twitter: "The day when Lochte has 14 golds around his neck is when you can speak his name in a sentence with Mike."

    Lochte's on four as of now, by the way. Some time to go.


    More from Hannah Miley: "I gave everything I had. It really was about who could recover the quickest from the morning. I'm gutted but I couldn't give it anymore. But it's one place better than I got in Beijing."

  26. 2031: 

    Read Tom Fordyce's report from the Aquatics Centre: "Ryan Lochte thrashed his American compatriot and double Olympic champion Michael Phelps to take 400m individual medley gold with a dominant performance."

    More from Tom as the evening goes on.


    Jo Warner on Twitter: "Brilliant sport Hannah Miley."

  28. 2029: 

    Hannah Miley tells BBC Sport: "I'm gutted that I didn't get a medal. I couldn't have given it any more. Apologies if anyone had high expectations of me, I gave it everything I had."

    Adrian Moorhouse, Olympic swimming gold medallist and BBC pundit

    "Ye was about a second down and went 59.72 seconds in the last 100m. That was massive."

  30. 2027: 

    One more final left tonight - the women's 4x100m freestyle relay, which has British representation but the US and Australia are expected to be the major players.

    Before that, men's 100m breaststroke semis.

    Andy Jameson, BBC Sport swimming commentator

    "Utterly extraordinary. Unbelievable, a gold medal and new world record for China. Extraordinary swimming. I was not expecting that."


    Alex Munro on Twitter: "Something else China dominates, then. Another incredible swim, hard luck Hannah."

    Use the #bbc2012 hashtag to get in touch and see what others are saying.


    What a night for China's swimmers. Two gold medals, one bronze. One of the golds is the first ever in the pool for a Chinese man, the other comes from a 16-year-old who simply took apart the race having looked like she'd miss out with 100m to go.


    Hannah Miley finished fifth in 4:34.17, a second and a bit outside the medals. Steph Rice back in sixth, the defending Olympic champion.


    Ye Shiwen's new women's 400m medley world record is 4:28.43, taking a second off Steph Rice's record set at Beijing 2008. Silver to Elizabeth Beisel, bronze to China's Li Xuanxu.


    China's Ye Shiwen destroys the field on the freestyle leg! By miles, absolute miles, out of nowhere. Inside the world record. Wow.

  37. 2020: 

    Elizabeth Beisel, the world champion, leads with 100m to go despite that slow start. China's Ye second, Hannah Miley has a chance for a bronze if she gets a shift on.

  38. 2019: 

    Katinka Hosszu is still holding on to the lead as we enter the breaststroke leg, where Hannah Miley might claw some time back...

  39. 2017: 

    After the opening butterfly leg: first Hosszu of Hungary, then Steph Rice. Miley seventh, Beisel eighth.

  40. 2016: 

    Hannah Miley is off in lane seven. Watch Beisel in four and Ye in five as the main contenders.


    Edward Ditchfield on Twitter: "It's the curse of hype so far at these Games. First Cavendish, then Phelps. Stop hyping Ben Ainslie, BBC, or he will probably sink."

  42. 2011: 

    Times of note for the women's 400m individual medley:

    Hannah Miley, 22, has a best time this year of 4:32.67. In the heats, she qualified in 4:34.98. That puts her in lane seven.

    Elizabeth Beisel, the 19-year-old American favourite, has this year's fastest time: 4:31.68 set in today's heats.

    Ye Shiwen, China's 16-year-old superstar in the making, has the second-fastest time of 4:31.73, also set today.

    In lane one we'll have Australia's Steph Rice, the Beijing Olympic champion, whose qualifying time was 4:35.76.

  43. 2009: 

    After finishing seventh in the men's 400m freestyle, David Carry told BBC Sport: "What a year. A year ago I set myself the aim of getting to the Olympic final. I was able to back it up tonight. From mum and dad to my coach it's been an awesome journey."


    And not a Phelps in sight. What a strange phenomenon this is. There will be children born in the late 90s tugging at their parents' sleeves and asking how this can be. This last happened at Sydney - since then it had been 16 podiums out of 16 in Olympic finals.

    Thiago Pereira of Brazil - all credit to him for his silver medal, somewhat unfairly glossed-over in the midst of the American duel-that-wasn't.

    Lochte, suppressing a smile at first, takes his ginormous gold medal with purple lanyard, holds his palm across his chest, and breathes in the anthem.


    Next up it's Hannah Miley in the women's 400m individual medley. Is this Great Britain's first medal of the Games, coming up?


    Chris Campbell on Twitter: "Great celebration by Sun in the 400 freestyle!"

  47. 2000: 

    David Carry finishes seventh in 3:48.62, eight and a half seconds off Sun's pace, with Park Tae-hwan second and American Peter Vanderkaay the bronze.

    Andy Jameson, BBC Sport swimming commentator

    The world record is 3:40'07", can he do it? Oh, no, he's glided in and missed it.


    Look at his reaction! Olympic record of 3:40.14 and he's out of the pool, fists pumping, roaring with delight. That win meant the world.


    Sun Yang wins China's first-ever Olympic gold medal for a male swimmer. And he does it in fantastic style.

    Adrian Moorhouse, Olympic swimming gold medallist and BBC pundit

    This is fantastic to watch, my legs are tingling already. I have no idea what's going to happen with this one.

  52. 1957: 

    One hundredth of a second in this with 100m left to go... is the world record going to go too?

    Andy Jameson, BBC Sport swimming commentator

    I think the world record may well be on.

  54. 1956: 

    Halfway through the men's 400m freestyle final: Park Tae-hwan of South Korea has overcome his crazy day to hold a narrow lead, 0.32secs ahead of Sun.

    Adrian Moorhouse, Olympic swimming gold medallist and BBC pundit

    David Carry has never made an individual final. He's got nothing to lose, so he can soak it up. Hopefully he will rise to this wonderful opportunity.

  56. 1955: 

    Sun Yang, remember, could become China's first-ever Olympic gold medallist in men's swimming here.

    Park Tae-hwan is also in this after some earlier chaos. He was disqualified then reinstated after apparently moving off the block early, a decision overturned by video evidence.

  57. 1954: 

    Time for the men's 400m freestyle final. Sun Yang in four, David Carry in eight.


    Britain's Ellen Gandy tells BBC Sport: "The time wasn't great and I swallowed some water on the turn but it's my first Olympic final so I'm over the moon. This moring I didn't look at the crowd because I didn't want to get overwhlemed but tonight it was incredible. I'm pretty much focusing towards the 200m [butterfly] but everyone has a shot in the final so I'll give it everything."

  59. 1953: 

    Ryan Lochte tells us: "I'm in shock right now, but I knew I could win so happy I could do that. I heard the fans throughout and having them and my family right there really helped."

    He added, referring to Phelps: "I know he gave everything he had, so I'll have to have a chat with him and see how he is after that."

  60. 1951: 

    Michael Phelps tells us: "I felt great for the first 200m, but after that it just didn't happen. I was lucky to get in [the final]. I had the chance to get off on a good note but didn't do it."

    Adrian Moorhouse, Olympic swimming gold medallist and BBC pundit

    Ellen Gandy will have made the final. Vollmer missed the finish, big glide, head down, no breath, she didn't spot that too well.

  62. 1950: 

    Ellen Gandy confirmed in the 100m fly final. Vollmer fastest, Coutts second.

  63. 1949: 

    Dana Vollmer! The American, 24, goes storming out for the world record - misses it - but gets an Olympic record for her troubles. Superb. Olympic record of 56.36secs. Her second of the day, I believe.

    Ellen Gandy will make the final, we reckon, having finished fifth.

  64. 1948: 

    Watch the finale of the Lochte-Phelps non-contest here, if you felt your eyes deceived you the first time.

    Adrian Moorhouse, Olympic swimming gold medallist and BBC pundit

    I'm looking forward to seeing Dana Vollmer go for it [the world record] in the second semi-final.

  66. 1946: 

    Women's 100m fly semi number two. Ellen Gandy's in this one and gets a good old roar from the home crowd. Our commentary team notice that she took her headphones off to take in that support, too.

    Watch out for Dana Vollmer of the US, who qualified a second faster than anyone else, and Alicia Coutts from Australia.

    Adrian Moorhouse, Olympic swimming gold medallist and BBC pundit

    I'm pretty sure that won't be enough for Fran.

  68. 1944: 

    Fran Halsall finishes seventh, though this isn't really her event. Very unlikely to reach the final. The first 100m fly semi won by Swedish world record-holder Sarah Sjostrom in 57.27.

  69. 1942: 

    From that drama (or lack of the drama we might have expected, from Phelps at least) we move on straight away to the women's 100m butterfly semi-finals. Fran Halsall up in this first one.


    Ryan Lochte tells BBC Sport: "Four years is a long time working for this but I've put the work in and I know it's my time and I'm ready. I'm just going out there and having fun."


    Ben Dunbar on Twitter: "The 400IM king is dead; long live the king #bbc2012"

    Adrian Moorhouse, Olympic swimming gold medallist and BBC pundit

    That was a fantastic race. Lochte went for it from the beginning and dominated all the strokes. To have Lochte take 0.2secs off Phelps on the fly then it was only going to go one way on the backstroke.

  73. 1940: 

    Times in full from the men's 400m medley final:

    1. Ryan Lochte 4:05.18

    2. Thiago Pereira 4:08.86

    3. Kosuke Hagino 4:08.94

    4. Michael Phelps 4:09.28

  74. 1940: 

    Phelps looked absolutely stunned at the end.

    Andy Jameson, BBC Sport swimming commentator

    Michael Phelps is fourth, unbelievable. I cannot believe he has got fourth.

  76. 1939: 

    Among the American-ness - and we should note, that's the United States' first gold medal of these Games - we must add that Brazil's Thaigo Pereira came second, with Japan's Kosuke Hagino third.

  77. 1937: 

    Michael Phelps was fourth. Not even on the podium.


    Ryan Lochte can't get the world record but he wins the first gold of London 2012's swimming contest by a long, long way.

  79. 1936: 

    Forget this as a contest. Lochte is ahead of world-record pace - a record Phelps owns - and Lochte is, indeed, owning Phelps.

    Andy Jameson, BBC Sport swimming commentator

    "Are we seeing a new king in the pool?"

  81. 1935: 

    Ryan Lochte is streets ahead. Is Phelps unable to compete all the way out there in lane eight for the first time? Lochte leads by 2.32secs from Hagino at the halfway mark.

  82. 1934: 

    Great start for Lochte, just behind South Africa's Chad le Clos at the first touch, and Lochte has a 0.33-second lead over Phelps after the butterfly leg.

  83. 1933: 

    On your marks... and the first swimming final of London 2012 gets going. Lochte in three, Hagino in four, Phelps in eight.


    Tanimu Umar on Twitter: "I reckon Lochte will nick it and Phelps is likely to finish outside the medal range."

  85. 1930: 

    Tune in now if you haven't already, because Phelps versus Lochte in the 400m individual medley is moments away.

    Times of note:

    • Ryan Lochte is the fastest this year in 4:07.06.
    • Michael Phelps is second-quickest in 4:07.89. Not a lot in that.
    • Kosuke Hagino, 17-year-old Japanese swimmer, swam fastest in the heats in 4:10.01. Watch out for him, he says he can go even faster if he ups his freestyle pace tonight.
    • Lochte's heat time was 4:12.35, Phelps was a dangerously slow 4:13.33 which nearly saw him miss out.

    Fact: Phelps starts a final from lane eight for the first time at an Olympic Games.

  86. 1928: 

    Up against Sun Yang in the men's 400m freestyle you'll also see Britain's David Carry, the man we must reluctantly admit is the fiance of open-water swimmer Keri-Anne Payne, and South Korea's Park Tae-hwan - who was disqualified this morning for going off the block early, but had that overturned after governing body Fina reviewed video evidence.

    Pity Canada's Ryan Cochrane, who was elevated into the final after Park's removal, only to be bumped back out of it following Korea's appeal.


    GB swimmer James Goddard on Twitter: "First finals start tonight. Cannot wait, Lochte or Phelps 400IM? Gonna be epic."


    James Peacock on Twitter: "Impressed with Ian Thorpe on BBC. Good analysis and insight. And on the back of that I'm lumping massively on Lochte."

  89. 1923: 

    Alongside the two medley finals, we have the women's 4x100m freestyle relay and the men's 400m freestyle final.

    The latter is going to be interesting for the performance of China's Sun Yang, the man who could become his country's first-ever male Olympic swimming champion in a matter of half an hour or so.

    Sun has been in superb form since unseating Zhang Lin, the Beijing 2008 silver medallist, as China's freestyle favourite. If you're interested in Sun's development into the biggest of Chinese hopes in the pool, as well as 16-year-old women's medley prodigy Ye Shiwen (who we'll see tonight), read our feature on the Chinese team.

  90. 1918: 

    Can I recommend you follow BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce and Nick Hope on Twitter - they're inside the Aquatics Centre tonight. I'll bring you the latest from them throughout the evening. Here's Nick:

    "After the disappointment of Mark Cavendish failing to attain a medal in the Olympic road race this afternoon, Commonwealth champion Hannah Miley could potentially become Great Britain's first medallist of the London 2012 Games.

    "400m individual medley specialist Miley claimed an impressive silver medal at last year's World Championships in Shanghai, but will face a tough battle against the likes of world champion Elizabeth Beisel from the United States and China's 16-year-old Ye Shiwen, who were both three seconds quicker in this morning's heats."


    United States swimmer Jessica Hardy on Twitter: "Can't wait to swim the 4x100 free relay final tonight. Hope to make my country proud!"

  92. 1913: 

    You can of course, if you're in the UK, watch tonight's finals live on BBC One or on our website (or using our mobile app, or via our app on Facebook, or via red button, and so on - it's hard to miss).

    Get in touch by tweeting with the #bbc2012 hashtag: will Phelps or Lochte take tonight's opening tete-a-tete in the 400m medley? (Don't say: "Yes.") And can Hannah Miley win a medal for Britain in the women's equivalent?


    GB swimmer Aimee Willmott on Twitter: "Back off to the pool to watch the women's 400 medley final and cheer on Team GB!"

  94. 1908: 

    We very nearly didn't have a showpiece Phelps-and-Lochte all-American ding-dong to bring you tonight. Michael Phelps barely squeaked through to the men's 400m medley final - which is first up, at 19:30 - qualifying in eighth place, with a time of 4:13.33.

    Contrast that with Ryan Lochte, who strolled into the final in a far faster time of 4:12.35. With no Laszlo Cseh, the Hungarian Olympic silver medallist we thought might have some sort of sniff here, this looks like a straight fight between the US duo and might give us a clue as to who will rule the pool between the two this summer.

  95. 1905: 

    Hannah Miley is the new Mark Cavendish. Let's forget gold medals for the moment - no point being either greedy or hasty, not after showcasing Britain's virtuous nature as a nation so exuberantly in last night's ceremony - and simply worry about a medal of any colour. Just after 20:00 local time, we'll see the Scot in action in the women's 400m individual medley final.

  96. 1901: 

    Hello, everybody.

    Welcome to the opening night of swimming finals at London 2012. So far today we've already had a bundle of action, shocks, surprises, appeals and a Phelps wobble - and that was just the heats. Now we get to see some gold medals being won.

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