Lochte: 24.89 53.48 1:26.51 1:54.00
28.59 33.03 27.49
Phelps: 24.83 53.67 1:26.80 1:54.16
28.84 33.13 27.36
It is easy to look at the race and say Lochte had a better butterfly and breast leg, leading him to victory. However, what was better and faster? My analysis showed a nearly identical race, with Lochte having a slightly better start and first 25, but Phelps building better into the finish. Lochte and Phelps taking the same number of strokes in the butterfly. Off the first wall was Lochte's largest advantage, spending 1.5 seconds longer underwater which allowed him to keep his stroke number equal to Phelps, but use a faster stroke rate. The breast was quite similar, but once again Lochte had a slightly higher stroke rate, helping him slightly extend his lead. On the last 50, Lochte once again gained room off the wall and was out splitting Phelps at the 25, but Lochte's higher stroke rate or longer duration under water potentially lead to him velocity to slow and finish with a long extension.
This is nitpicking differneces, but the Lochte's superior walls and stroke rate allowed him to hold off Phelps', but if Lochte can't rest on this win, Phelps' and Bowman and great strategist who will be ready to duel again next year, luckily Lochte is oblivious to most of society and will be able to stick to his strategy. Can't wait for the next race.