Last night Ryan Lochte spanked the world in the the 200-meter free and it must have tasted so sweet for five of his competitors all within 1/2-second-or-so from victory. His time: 1:44.44, Michael Phelps: 1:44.79, Paul Biedermann: 1:44.88
He was gracious in victory and credited his competition like a true gentleman.
From Swimming World:
Lochte clocked a 1:44.44 for his first men's 200 free world title. Lochte's time stands 13th all time, and jumped Lochte into fifth on the all-time performers list. He used a 26.29 split to separate himself from the field and held on down the stretch, fighting off a late charge by Phelps.
"While everyone tried to go out, I just worked at what I am used to," Lochte said. "I've done all the training that I can. I guess it is my time tonight. It's the most challenging competition (I've ever raced)."
The photo above was taken by Mark Savage at last years Pan Pacs I believe. For more groovy photos of swimmers and celebrities check out his blog here: [Link]