Disappointment for Michael Phelps in fourth place finish

Ryan Lochte of the United States won the gold medal in the men's 400 metres individual medley tonight. It's a bitter disappointment for American Michael Phelps, who was defending the title he won at the past two Olympics. He finished finished fourth.

Brazil's Thiago Pereira was second and Japan's Kosuke Hagino third.

USA's Michael Phelps during his Men's 400m Individual Medley Heat
USA's Michael Phelps during his Men's 400m Individual Medley Heat Credit: Press Association

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Britain fails to pick up a medal

Britain's hopes of a golden start to the Olympics were dashed today as the nation failed to pick up a medal. Huge crowds turned out to line the route of the 250km men's road race, the weather was good and there were no reported transport problems.