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Ryan Lochte won his fifth medal of the 2012 Games, as well as the 100th by a Gator Olympian (US Presswire)

Thursday August 2, 2012Complete Coverage of Gators Competing at the Olympic Games on Aug. 2

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Ryan Lochte won his fifth medal of the 2012 Games, as well as the 100th by a Gator Olympian (US Presswire)

Swimming great Ryan Lochte won a pair of medals at the 2012 Olympic Games on Thursday in London and had the distinction of claiming the 100th Olympic medal won by Gator letterwinners since the 1968 Olympic Games.

 

Thursday was a relatively light day in terms of the number of Gator letterwinners who competed in London, with only four swimmers on the docket, but it proved to be another successful day.

 

CHECK OUT the Gator Olympic Photo Gallery from Thursday – courtesy US Presswire

 

Swimming

Ryan Lochte (U.S.A.) had to swim a tough program on Thursday evening, when he had the 200m backstroke final followed closely by the 200m IM final. Lochte started with the 200m back and finished in third in a time of 1:53.94 to earn a bronze medal.

 

Three Gators then competed in the women’s 200m backstroke semifinal. Elizabeth Beisel (U.S.A.) swam in heat one where she finished first in a personal best time of 2:06.18. In the second heat of the semifinals, former Gator Steph Proud (Great Britain) finished fourth in a time of 2:09.04 and did not advance to the final. Incoming freshman Sinead Russell (Canada) finished third in the heat with a time of 2:08.76 advancing to Friday’s final.

 

A short 31 minutes later after the 200m backstroke final, Lochte was back in the pool for the 200m IM final and won the silver medal in a time of 1:54.90, placing just behind Michael Phelps (1:54.27). The race was the final of the 2012 Olympic Games for Lotche, who won five medals in London: 2 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze.

 

The five medals for Lochte increased his career Olympic medal haul to 11, a total that tied him for second all-time with Mark Spitz for the most medals won by a male swimmer.

 

Lochte’s five medals in one Olympic Games tied a Gator record for the most won in a single Olympiad. Dara Torres captured five swimming medals in Sydney in 2000, winning two gold and three bronze medals.

 

Lochte’s silver medal in 200IM was the 100th Olympic medal won by a Gator letterwinner since the 1968 Games. Overall, Gators have captured 99 in the Summer Games (46 gold, 26 silver, 27 bronze) and one in the Winter Olympic Games (1 gold). Gator track and field letterwinner Steve Mesler captured the gold medal in the bobsled at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

 

 

Check HERE for a detailed schedule of all Olympics events involving Gators!

 

Gator Letterwinners at the 2012 Olympic Games:

Schedule & Results for Thursday, August 2, 2012

Gator

Sport

Country

Time (ET)

Event

Result

Elizabeth Beisel

Swimming

U.S.A.

6:46 AM

Heats: 200m Backstroke

1st in heat, 2:07.82, advanced to semifinal

Steph Proud

Swimming

Great Britain

6:46 AM

Heats: 200m Backstroke

4th in heat, 2:10.01, advanced to semifinal

Sinead Russell

Swimming

Canada

6:46 AM

Heats: 200m Backstroke

3rd in heat, 2:09.04, advanced to semifinal

Ryan Lochte

Swimming

U.S.A.

2:46 PM

Final: 200m Backstroke

WON BRONZE MEDAL, 1:53.94

Elizabeth Beisel

Swimming

U.S.A.

2:54 PM

Semifinals: 200m Backstroke

1st in semifinal heat, 2:06.18, advanced to final

Steph Proud

Swimming

Great Britain

2:54 PM

Semifinals: 200m Backstroke

4th in semifinal heat, 2:09.04, did not advance to final

Sinead Russell

Swimming

Canada

2:54 PM

Semifinals: 200m Backstroke

3rd in semifinal heat, 2:08.76, advanced to final

Ryan Lochte

Swimming

U.S.A.

3:16 PM

Final: 200m IM

WON SILVER MEDAL, 1:54.90

                         

 

 

Gator 2012 Olympic Games Medal Count:

(7 Medals: 3 Gold, 3 Silver, 1 Bronze)

Gator

Sport

Country

Event

Medal

Ryan Lochte

Swimming

U.S.A.

400m IM

Gold

Elizabeth Beisel

Swimming

U.S.A.

400m IM

Silver

Ryan Lochte

Swimming

U.S.A

4x100m Free Relay

Silver

Ryan Lochte

Swimming

U.S.A.

4x200m Free Relay

Gold

Conor Dwyer

Swimming

U.S.A

4x200m Free Relay

Gold

Ryan Lochte

Swimming

U.S.A.

200m Backstroke

Bronze

Ryan Lochte

Swimming

U.S.A.

200m IM

Silver

All-Time Gator Olympic Games Medal Count (since 1968):

Total: 98 medals (47 Gold, 26 Silver, 25 Bronze)

Summer Games: 97 medals (46 Gold, 26 Silver, 25 Bronze)

Winter Games: 1 medal (1 Gold)

 

 

 

For all of the latest information on Gators competing at the 2012 Olympic Games, please visit www.gatorzone.com/olympics/2012 or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/@OlympicGators.

 

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