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Lochte sets second successive swimming world record

Published on Dec 16, 2012 6:35 AM
Ryan Lochte of the United States celebrates winning the men's 100m individual medley semifinal during the FINA World Swimming Championships in Istanbul on Dec 15, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

ISTANBUL (AFP) - American star Ryan Lochte kept up his phenomenal form at the world short course championships on Saturday when he set a world record 50.71sec in the men's 100m individual medley semi-finals.

On Friday, the five-time Olympic champion broke the 200m individual medley world record on his way to winning his fourth gold of the championships.

He was already under world record time by the end of the butterfly leg and he continued to eat into it over the following three laps.

Australia's Kenneth To recorded the second fastest time with 51.47 and George Bovell of Trinidad and Tobago was third with 51.66.

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