Former Florida Gators 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.