Published July 30, 2012
In one of the deepest fields in any swimming event at London, Yannick Agnel dominated to win gold in the men's 200m freestyle Monday at the 2012 Summer Olympics, giving France its third gold medal of the Games.
Korea's Taehwan Park (earned his second silver medal and China's Sun Yang finished third to pick up the bronze. American Ryan Lochte failed to make the podium, finishing fourth, almost a full two seconds (.190) behind Agnel.
Agnel, who established himself as a swimmer to watch in London with Sunday's blistering anchor leg to help France win gold in the men's 4x100m free relay, jumped out to an early lead Monday and was pulling ahead of everyone at the halfway mark. Lochte was third at the 100-meter mark, and got into second position with just 50 meters remaining.
But Agnel separated himself even further on the final stretch, pulling ahead by nearly a full body length and beating Park by 1.79 seconds.
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