Michael Phelps became the first male swimmer to win the same event at three successive Olympics when he clinched the men's 200-meter individual medley gold medal at the London Games yesterday. Phelps, who won the event at the Athens and Beijing Games, relegated compatriot and world champion Ryan Lochte to silver while Hungary's Laszlo Cseh took bronze.

The victory gave Phelps his 16th Olympic gold medal and 20th overall in his career.

Only two swimmers had ever won the same individual event at three Olympics, Australia's Dawn Fraser in 100 freestyle in 1956, 1960 and 1964, and Hungary's Krisztina Egerszegi in 200 backstroke in 1988, 1992 and 1996.

Super Soni

Rebecca Soni of the U.S. set her second world record in as many days to defend her Olympic title in the 200-meter breaststroke Thursday. She touched in 2 minutes, 19.59 seconds, breaking the mark of 2:20.00 she set in the semifinals.