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Ryan Lochte smashes his own 200m medley world record

Published on Dec 15, 2012 6:08 AM
 
Ryan Lochte of the US celebrates winning the men's 200m individual medley final during the FINA World Swimming Championships in Istanbul Dec 14, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

ISTANBUL (AFP) - Ryan Lochte was once again the star of the show at the world short course championships on Friday when he won the 200m individual medley and broke his own world record in doing so.

The 28-year-old New Yorker, an 11-time Olympic medallist, finished in 1 minute, 49.63 seconds en route to a fourth consecutive gold medal at Sinan Erdem Arena.

Japan's Daiya Seto clocked 1:52.80 to add the silver medal to the gold he won in the 400m individual medley, and Laszlo Cseh of Hungary won bronze in 1:52.89. It had already been a stellar meeting for Lochte after he had won gold in the 200m freestyle, 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle relays, but this was his best yet.

He wasted no time in taking the lead and by the end of the butterfly stage he was already under world record time. He held his pace over the backstroke, then stretched his lead further in the breaststroke. By the time he turned for the freestyle leg he was well clear of his rivals and powered his way to the wall for his fourth gold medal of these championships and his 18th in world short-course championship history.

 
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