Move over Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte seems to be the swimmer to watch during the 2012 London Olympics.
The swimming legend fell short during the highly anticipated match between teammate Ryan Lochte. Unlike his performances four years ago in Beijing, Phelps came in fourth place in the 400-meter individual medley Saturday night.
Lochte took home one of the first gold medals as he dominated the race.
“It was just a crappy race,” Phelps told NBC. “I felt fine the first 200, then I don’t know. They just swam a better race than me, a smarter race than me, and were better prepared than me. That’s why they’re on the medal stand.”
This is the first race since the 2000 Olympics that Phelps didn’t even win a single medal.
“It’s frustrating, that’s all I can say. It’s pretty upsetting,” Phelps went on. “The biggest thing now is to try to look forward. I have a bunch of other races, and hopefully we can finish a lot better than how we started.”
The famed athlete shouldn’t beat himself up too much because he has three more chances to take home a gold medal before the Olympics end- 200-meter individual medley, the 100-meter butterfly match-up, and the 200-meter butterfly match-up.
Although Phelps has been dethroned, he is trying to keep optimistic despite his shaky start.