Lochte v Phelps showdown trends on Athletes? Hub
Team GB was trending consistently on Twitter in the run-up to the cycling road race. But on Saturday, following the first of two showdowns between swimming giants Ryan Lochte, Michael Phelps, the two ? plus Team USA ? everyone?s attention turned to the pool.
Lochte took the first US gold of the Games in the 400m individual medley to turn the tables on his previously dominant compatriot.
The laidback heartthrob, nicknamed ?Reezy?, turned to Twitter soon after victory to thank his growing fan base, which he has named ?Lochte Nation?.
Having won eight gold medals in Beijing, expectations were high for Phelps ? but he failed to defend his title with a disappointing fourth place finish yesterday.
Even so, he and Lochte exchanged congratulatory messages on Twitter, with Phelps tweeting: ?Congrats to @ryanlochte … Way to keep that title in the country where it belongs!!?
Lochte was quick to repay the compliment, declaring: ?Thanks @MichaelPhelps I couldn’t do it with out you. #USA?
With six events ahead of him, including tomorrow?s 4x100m medley, Phelps mused: ?Not pleased with my race tonight at all… But tom[orrow] is a new day! And a new race!!?
The Americans will face each other again in Friday?s 200m individual medley.
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