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    Olympics: Lochte Wins Two More Medals

    By Mark Maloney
    SEC Digital Network

    LONDON - And on the seventh day, Ryan Lochte will rest.

    Lochte, the former Florida Gator, wrapped up his Summer Olympic GamesThursday night by adding two more medals to his collection - a silver and a bronze - in the Aquatics Centre.

    Lochte won five medals over the course of six nights in London.

    A silver in the 200-meter individual medley and a bronze in the 200 backstroke gave him a final tally here of two golds, two silvers and a bronze, plus one fourth-place finish. His golds came in the 400 IM and 800 freestyle relay. His other silver came in the 400 free relay.

    Friday, his 28th birthday, Lochte will change to spectator.

    "I'm done. ... This is the first time in a couple years where I have a birthday and I don't have to swim on it, so I'm definitely happy," Lochte said. "I'm going to -- do nothing. I am going to hang out with my family."

    Teammate Michael Phelps edged Lochte in the IM, making Phelps the first male swimmer to win the same individual event at three consecutive Olympics. Phelps earned his 16th career gold medal and his 20th medal overall.

    Lochte now has 11 career Olympic medals. That ranks second among all male American Olympians, trailing only Phelps's 20.

    He touched in 1:54.27, Lochte in 1:54.90. Hungary's Laszlo Cseh took the bronze medal in 1:56.22.

    In the backstroke, Team USA's Tyler Clary set an Olympic record of 1:53.41. Then came Japan's Ryosuke Irie in 1:53.78 and Lochte in 1:53.94.

    "Whenever I step on the blocks, I always want to win. That's just the mindset that I have. Sometimes you've got it, sometimes you don't," Lochete said. "But, overall, I can't be too disappointed. I mean, I am coming home to my country with five Olympic medals, so that's something to be proud of."

    Florida junior Elizabeth Beisel, who already has a 400 IM silver medal, led qualifiers in the women's 200 backstroke semifinals (2:06.18).

    Former Auburn standouts were all over the pool for assorted countries.

    Brazil's Cesar Cielo (2009) tied for fastest semifinal time in the men's 50 freestyle (21.54). Trinidad and Tobago's George Bovell (2006) had the fastest time in morning heats (21.77) and ranked fifth in the semis (21.77). South Africa's Gideon Louw missed making the finals by one spot, ranking ninth (21.92). And Great Britain's Adam Brown (2011) ranked 20th in morning heats (22.39).

    Auburn's Tyler McGill, swimming for Team USA, qualified third for finals in the men's 100 butterfly (51.61).

    Another former Tiger, four-time Olympian Kristy Coventry (2005) of Zimbabwe, qualified sixth for the women's 200 backstroke finals (2:08.32).