Former Gator Ryan Lochte wins second world championship in record time
Former Gator All-American Ryan Lochte won his second world championship, becoming the first swimmer to set a world record in Shanghai. Lochte won a gold medal in the men's 200-meter individual medley in 1:54. The record-setting time bested Lochte's previous mark of 1:54.10 set in Rome at the 2009 World Swimming Championships. At that competition, high-tech body suits were allowed.
“I wanted to do something that everyone thought was impossible,'' Lochte said. "Since they banned those suits, everyone thought a world record would never get touched again. I just wanted to show everyone that can happen. That’s why we have records – they’re meant to get broken.”
Lochte has two races remaining in Shanghai, the 200-meter backstroke and 400-meter individual medley. He enters Friday night’s finals for the 200 backstroke with the best semifinal qualifying time in the field.
Fans in the U.S. can follow the World Championships on NBC and Universal Sports. NBC will broadcast the final two days of the meet on July 30 and 31 from 1-3 p.m. EST. A webcast of the World Championships will also be available online at www.universalsports.com.