Ryan Lochte: 7 Things to Know About the Olympian Who Beat Michael Phelps (PHOTOS)

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Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte dethroned U.S. teammate Michael Phelps at the 400-meter individual medley final Saturday, nabbing a gold medal while the two-time consecutive champ failed to place in the top three spots.

The gap between Lochte, 27, and third runner-up Phelps, 26, is closing in as the swimmer raked in his seventh Olympic medal.

Though it’s still a long way to go from Phelp’s impressive 16, spectators are undoubtedly cheering Lochte on as he competes in four more swims during the 2012 London Olympics.

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Born in New York, the Florida-raised swimmer made headlines when he beat Phelps by two-one hundredths of a second during the U.S Olympic swimming trials in Omaha, Neb., in June.

In addition to his dashing good looks, Lochte seemed fiercely dedicated to his work. In Men’s Health July/August issue, he enthused about training for the Olympics, saying:

“Pain, tolerance, endurance—when it comes down to that point, there’s always something left. You just have to find it.”

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However, don’t count Phelps out just yet — the swimmer is only three medals away from dethroning Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina as the most decorated Olympian in history.

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