Sunday December 16, 2012Three More Medals for Lochte on Final Day of World Short Course Championships
Ryan Lochte (USA) finished a stellar meet by adding three medals on the last night to give him eight total at the FINA World Short Course Championships. Lochte, who still trains in Gainesville, Fla., collected six gold medals and two world records during the five day meet and his eight medals is a short course championship record.
On the final night of competition, Lochte had a tough schedule with two events back-to-back. In his first event, Lochte won silver in the 200m backstroke touching the wall in a time of 1:48.50. Immediately after that he was back in the pool for the final of the 100m individual medley. Lochte won his sixth gold medal of the championships and eighth overall coming in first with a time of 51.21. He became the first person to win the 100 IM three times.
Also in the 100m individual medley final was Conor Dwyer (USA). Dwyer came in sixth with a time of 52.83 to round out his first world championship.
The men’s 400m medley relay was the final event of the championships. Lochte anchored the group of Matt Grevers, Kevin Cordes and Thomas Shields to another relay gold medal. They finished in a time of 3:21.03, with Lochte swimming his 100 free leg in 45.22.
Current Gator Hilda Luthersdottir (Iceland) swam in the 200m breaststroke during Sunday’s prelims. Luthersdottir fininshed18th in a time of 2:24.69 but did not advance to the finals.