Aug. 2, 2012
LONDON, England -- Former University of Michigan men's swimmer Tyler Clary (2008-10) became the first U-M swimmer to medal in the 200-meter backstroke Thursday (Aug. 2) with an Olympic-record time of 1:53.41. Clary's gold is the third of the Games for U-M swimmers.
Clary swam in lane four after being the top qualifier with a time of 1:54.71. En route to the Olympic record, he beat out silver medalist Ryosuke Irie of Japan by .37, as well as fellow American Ryan Lochte, who took bronze with a time of 1:53.94.
Clary is the first U-M American swimmer since Steve Bigelow (10th) in 1988 to place the in event.
Following the Olympics, Clary will return to Ann Arbor to continue training, as well as progress towards his degree. The medal was his first, and comes in his final race of the 2012 Olympics. It is the 30th U-M Olympic Gold in program history, as both Davis Tarwater and Charlie Houchin won gold in the 4x200-meter relay.
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