World Record Holder Ryan Lochte Places 7th in 200 IM, Misses Olympic Team


World File holder and 12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte made all of it the way in which to the 200 IM remaining on the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials Wave II. He was in rivalry to make his fifth Olympic staff.

Within the remaining tonight,  Lochte positioned seventh with a time of 1:59.67. Michael Andrew received the race (1:55.44), barely slower than his semifinals swim. And Chase Kalisz, who received silver within the 400 IM on the 2016 Rio Olympics, earned 2nd place with a time of 1:56.97.

Lochte had a quicker final 50 freestyle than Andrew, splitting a 29.46 to Andrew’s 30.09. Lochte additionally had one of many quicker response instances, .65 in comparison with Andrew and Kalisz’s .68 and .69, respectively.

However what actually set him again was that he had the seventh quickest 50 breast break up (34.69). This bumped him to seventh place, .08 behind sixth place finisher Andrew Seliskar who was in a position to maintain him off on the freestyle.

This was Lochte’s remaining occasion of the meet, so he has formally missed making the Tokyo 2020 U.S. Olympic staff roster. He additionally completed twenty fifth within the 200 free at this meet.

36-year-old Lochte clarified in his post-race interview Friday evening that this isn’t the tip of the street for him, however that that may not imply extra competing.

“There’s much more that I need to accomplish within the sport of swimming,” he stated. “Whether or not it’s within the pool or exterior the pool, making swimming greater. That’s my largest objective.”

“However I’m having fun with having enjoyable, instructing all these youthful children all the pieces that I’ve discovered,” he stated whereas gesturing to 22-year-old Andrew. “And carrying the torch like this man,” he gestured to Andrew once more. “He’s going to symbolize USA nicely and I’m proud. ”

When requested how he desires to be remembered within the pool, Lochte didn’t checklist any of his accomplishments. As an alternative, he referred to as Andrew and the complete swimming group a part of his household.

Lochte’s ending assertion of the interview: “I’m gonna go be a dad proper now and provides my children a hug.”

Race Video – 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials Wave II Males’s 200 IM Remaining

Lochte received silver on this occasion on the 2004 and 2012 Olympic Video games and he received bronze in 2008. He set the present World File at 1:54.00 on the 2011 World Championships. He has been part of Workforce USA’s gold medal-winning 800 free relays at each Olympic Video games since 2004, and he positioned 4th within the particular person 200 free on the 2012 Olympics.

Right here’s a glance again at Lochte’s World File-setting 200 IM swim at World Championships in 2011:



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