August 2, 2012
Michael Phelps already owned the all-time medal record coming into Thursday’s 200 IM finals, and he added No. 20 after winning gold.
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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS: Phelps edges Lochte for gold in 200 IM; fellow Americans Soni and Clary also capture gold
On Thursday, the U.S. had its best day in swimming since the Games began as Rebecca Soni breaks the 200 breaststroke world record, Michael Phelps wins his third straight gold in the 200 IM and Tyler Clary pulls off a stunner by capturing first in the 200 backstroke title, beating Ryan Lochte.