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Day 6 highlights from London [Updated 16:24 8/2]

By Washington Post staff

Phelps wins 200 IM, Lochte second

Gold medalist Michael Phelps poses next to teammate and silver medalist Ryan Lochte during the medal ceremony of the men's 200-meter IM. It was Phelps 20th Olympic medal and his 16th gold medal. (Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Michael Phelps led from start to finish in winning the 200-meter individual medley in 1 minute 54.27 seconds, his second gold medal of these Games and the 16th of his career. Ryan Lochte, who finished third in the 200 backstroke 30 minutes before the IM, made a late push during the freestyle leg but finished second in 1:54.90. Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh

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was third in 1:56.22.

Phelps, who now has 20 career Olympic medals, became the first man to win the same swimming event in three straight Olympics; he also won the 200 IM in Athens and Beijing. He will be back in the pool in less than 30 minutes for the semifinals of the 100 butterfly.

by Camille Powell

Phelps advances to 100 butterfly final

Michael Phelps won his semifinal heat of the 100-meter butterfly in 50.86 seconds, the top qualifying time. South Africa’s Chad le Clos, who out-touched Phelps for gold in the 200 butterfly, won the second semifinal in 51.42.

Also qualifying for Friday’s final were American Tyler McGill (51.61) and Serbia’s Milorad Cavic (51.66), a noted Phelps rival.

Phelps had little time to rest following his gold medal swim in the men’s 200-meter individual medley, which came around 3:20 p.m. ET. That medal ceremony came shortly before the 100 fly semifinal; after posing for pictures, Phelps tossed his flowers to his sister and then jogged off the pool deck to get ready.

by Camille Powell

Clary wins 200 backstroke, Lochte third

Tyler Clary celebrates after winning the men's 200-meter backstroke in a stunning upset of favorite Ryan Lochte. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Tyler Clary won gold in the men’s 200-meter backstroke, setting an Olympic record in 1 minute 53.41 seconds. Ryan Lochte won bronze in 1:53.94, finishing behind Clary and Japan’s Ryosuke Irie (1:53.78).

by Matt Bonesteel

Soni wins 200 breaststroke gold, breaks world record

Rebecca Soni celebrating after winning gold and setting a new world record in a time of 2:19.59 in the women's 200-meter breaststroke. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Rebecca Soni won gold in the 200-meter breaststroke and broke her own world record, winning the race in 2 minutes 19.59 seconds and becoming the first woman to break 2:20. Soni previously set the record on Wednesday in qualifying for the final.

Satomi Suzuki of Japan won silver and Iuliia Efimova of Russia won bronze. American Micah Lawrence finished sixth.

by Matt Bonesteel

Franklin finishes fifth in 100 freestyle

Ranomi Kromowidjojo won the women’s 100-meter freestyle in an Olympic-record time of 53 seconds. American Missy Franklin finished fifth in 53.64 and Jessica Hardy was eighth with a time of 54.02.

Aliaksandra Herasimenia of Belarus took silver (53.38) and China’s Tang Yi won bronze (53.44).

by Camille Powell

Americans lead way in women’s 200 back

U.S. swimmer Elizabeth Beisel, 19, won heat one of the women’s 200-meter backstroke in 2:06.18. Her teammate Missy Franklin, 17, quickly followed with her own winning performance in heat two with a time of 2:0684. The Americans enter tomorrow’s final in first and second position. Beisel earned a silver earlier in these games in the 400 IM. Franklin, the defending world champion, will attempt to win her second individual gold of these games, her third overall.

Kirsty Coventry, the world record holder, also qualified for the final with a time of 2:08.32; she finished second in Franklin’s heat.

by Bryan Flaherty

Ziegler felled by flu, Ledecky third in 800 heats

Katie Ledecky during heat 3 of the women's 800-meter freestyle. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Kate Ziegler of Great Falls stunningly failed to advance in the heats of the 800-meter freestyle relay Thursday morning, posting the 21st-best time as Bethesda’s Katie Ledecky easily advanced.

Ziegler, the reigning bronze medalist in the event, blamed her time of 8 minutes 37.38 seconds and last-place finish in her heat on a bout with the flu that emerged after she walked in the Opening Ceremonies on Friday.

Britain’s Rebecca Adlington posted the best time, 8:21.78, Denmark’s Lotte Friis was next in 8:21.89 and Ledecky came home in 8:23.84.

Ziegler, 24, also failed to advance to finals of her events — the 400 and 800 freestyle — at the 2008 Summer Games, despite having won back-to-back world championship golds in the 800 free.

“I’ve had the flu for the last five days, no joke,” Ziegler said, breaking down in tears. “It’s just really bad timing. … I came into this race, I was just going to fight and do the best I could and that’s what I did. That’s all you can ask for.”

Katie Ledecky behind the blocks waiting for the start of heat 3 of the women's 800-meter freestyle. (Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Ledecky, who at 15 is among the youngest competitors here, said she’s enjoyed watching the finals and preliminaries in recent days and was ready to get to work.

“I felt pretty good,” she said. “I was a little nervous. That was  to be expected, though.”

Ledecky did not discuss the scandal surrounding the former president of her home club, which announced Wednesday it had changed its name from the Curl-Burke Swim Club to the CUBU Swim Club. Rick Curl, the club’s founder, also resigned as president Wednesday in the wake of allegations of sexual impropriety with a teen swimmer 25 years ago.

“I can’t comment on that,” she said.

by Amy Shipley

Phelps next to foe Cavic in morning heats

Michael Phelps reacts after his race in the men's 100-meter butterfly during the morning heats. (Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images)

Somebody Tweeted the lineup for the sixth heat of the men’s 100-meter butterfly Thursday morning, and Michael Phelps’s reaction went something like this: Seriously?

Phelps was assigned to swim right next to Serbia’s Milorad Cavic, his longtime nemesis in the event.

“We’ve had some pretty close races in our day,” Phelps said. “My morning swims, I haven’t been able to catch a break in any of them.”

As usual, Phelps bettered Cavic, posting the second-fastest time of the morning (51.72 seconds) as Cavic touched the wall in 51.90, fifth best. South African Chad le Clos, who beat Phelps in the 200 fly, swam in another heat and topped the morning’s field in 51.54.

In the 2008 Summer Games, Phelps came from behind to beat Cavic by .01 of a second, then listened to Cavic complain that the timing system did

Michael Phelps wiping down his starting block as he prepares to race in heat 6 of the men's 100-meter butterfly. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

not work. At the 2009 world championships, Phelps again came from behind to beat Cavic, who had trash-talked leading up to the event.

Phelps got a bit sentimental about the swim.

“That was my last preliminary swim ever,” he said. “It was pretty fun to be able to do it in a pretty decent time.”

by Amy Shipley

Obama gives Phelps regards for his mom

First it was a Tweet from President Obama after Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian in history Tuesday night.

Then, Obama placed a phone call.

Phelps, who will try to earn his 20th Olympic medal in Thursday night’s 200-meter individual medley, ended up with a message for his mother.

It was “the craziest thing,” he said. “I answered the phone. They were like, ‘Michael?’ I was like, ‘Yes!’ They were like, ‘Please hold for the president of the United States.’ I was like, ‘Okay.’ He just on got on saying how everyone supported me and was behind me, and how proud everyone is of me. He finished by saying, ‘Make sure you tell your mom I said ‘hi.’ It was a good talk.”

by Amy Shipley

More headlines from London

1. Women’s 4×200 relay gold shows U.S. swim team in top form

2. Troy Dumais and Kristian Ipsen win synchronized diving bronze for U.S.

3. President Obama congratulates Michael Phelps for historic win

4. Michael Phelps leaves room for Mom while on top of the world

5. Michael Phelps sets medals record with golden anchor leg for U.S.

6. U.S. water polo team aims to win a medal

7. Michael Phelps’ gold rush continues: 800m freestyle relay medal is record 19th

8. Missy Franklin: A gold medalist’s tenacity inside a youthful demeanor

9.  Ryan Lochte loses again, cannot escape Michael Phelps’s legacy at London Games

10. From Ryan Lochte’s fourth to Missy Franklin’s gold, a medley of emotions for U.S. swim

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