LONDON (NEWS1130) – Michael Phelps has failed in his first medal bid at the London 2012 Olympic Games, shattering the overpowering mystique he created with his unprecedented eight gold medals at Beijing.

Phelps didn’t even make it to the podium in the 400-metre individual medley at the Aquatics Centre on Saturday, the first full day of competition at the games. He was fourth behind winner and fellow American Ryan Lochte, who was ahead of the world record but faded on the final freestyle lap.

Lochte was more than three seconds ahead of Brazil’s Thiago Pereira. Japan’s Kosuke Hagino claimed the bronze.

There was other drama in the pool when Beijing 400-metre freestyle champion Park Tae-hwan of South Korea was reinstated after first being disqualified in the heats. Park touched the wall first in his 400-metre freestyle heat, but was thrown out for a false start.

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