Ryan Lochte won the first gold medal for the United States in the 2012 London Olympics Saturday, the USA Today reported.
Lochte, 27, won the mens 400-meter individual medley in dominating fashion with a margin of victory of 3.86 seconds, the USA Today said. Brazil's Thiago Pereira finished second and Japan's Kosuke Hagino took third.
16-time medalist Michael Phelps finished fourth, the first time he has failed to win a medal in any Olympic event since 2000, the Washington Post reported.
According to the Washington Post, both Phelps and his coach Bob Bowden called his performance "horrible".
Lochte will compete in the 200-meter freestyle on Sunday and Monday, an event that Phelps dropped before the Olympics began, the Washington Post said.