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Friday August 2, 2013Lochte Pulls Off Historic Day at the World Championships

Gainesville, Fla.

Ryan Lochte pulled off one the most impressive days in swimming history by emerging from the sixth day of competition at the 15th FINA World Championships with the fastest swims in all three events he entered. Lochte seized the gold medal in the 200-meter backstroke, finished first in the 100 butterfly semi-finals and topped it all off with a gold medal performance in the 4X200 freestyle relay.

 

Lochte, now ranking 2nd all-time with 15 World Championship titles and 23 total World Championship medals, started his morning slow with a 13th place 100 fly prelim swim (52.56). Rather than a sign of things to come, Lochte showed that his experience and focus heading into a tasking triple would be his greatest ally.

 

With his first event the 200 back slated for 1:09 p.m., Lochte never trailed and came home with a mark of 1:53.79 for his 14th career gold. Fifty-five minutes later, Lochte re-entered the pool and touched first in the second heat of the 100 fly out lane one, giving him the fastest semi-final swim of the round (51.48). He will be seeded first in tomorrow’s final.

 

Following a pair of dominating swims by Lochte, the 4x200 free relay group of Conor Dwyer, Lochte, Charles Gipson Houchin and Ricky Berens headed to the water at 2:41 p.m. Dwyer started things off by keeping pace with France’s Yannick Angle and Russia’s Danila Izotov and touched with a split of 1:45.76. Lochte jumped in with the Americans in third, and stepped out with the lead. The Americans never looked back and picked up the gold medal in a time of 7:01.72. The gold medal represented Dwyer’s second medal of the meet after a silver medal finish in the 200 free.

 

Thanks to this last medal, Lochte became the first swimmer in World Championships history to win two gold medals in one day on three separate occasions. He also achieved this on March 30, 2007 and July 29, 2011.

 

Freshman Sinead Russell (Burlington, Ontario, Canada) earned herself a final swim in the 200 backstroke, clocking in a time of 2:09.84 for an eighth seed heading in to tomorrow’s finals. With a prelim swim of 2:09.24, Russell finds is in position to make noise in the final.

 

Universal Sports Network and NBC are currently airing 70 hours of premier pool action during the course of the week. Morning heats begin at 10 a.m. (Central European Time) or 4 a.m. (ET). Semi-finals and finals will start at 6 p.m. (CET) or 12 p.m. (ET).

 

For updates and recaps of the Gators at the World Championships, please visit GatorZone.com or follow @GatorZoneSwimDv on Twitter. Full schedule of events, America and World records, online live results and live video is linked below. The TV schedule is listed below. 

 

Schedule of Events

 

Link to Omega Timing for live results

 

Link for American and World records

 

Link for live video

 

Universal Sports Network and NBC 2013 FINA World Aquatics Championships Broadcast Schedule:

All times ET – Schedule subject to change

Day

TV Time (ET)

Event

Network

Sat., Aug. 3

1-3 p.m.

Swimming

NBC

Sat., Aug. 3

9-11 p.m.

Swimming (Re-air)

Universal Sports

Sun., Aug. 4

4-6 p.m.

Swimming

NBC

Sun., Aug. 4

9-11 p.m.

Swimming (Re-air)

Universal Sports

 

EVENING SESSION RESULTS

 

Men’s 200-meter backstroke (final):

Ryan Lochte, 1st, 1:53.79

 

Men’s 100-meter butterfly (semi-final):

Ryan Lochte, 1st, 51.48

 

Men’s 4x200-meter freestyle relay (final):

Conor Dwyer (leadoff leg), 1st, 7:01.72

Ryan Lochte (second leg), 1st, 7:01.72

 

Women’s 200-meter backstroke (semi-final):

Sinead Russell, 8th, 2:09.84

 

MORNING SESSION RESULTS

 

Women’s 200-meter backstroke (prelims):

Sinead Russell, 6th, 2:09.24 (advances to semi-final)

 

Men’s 100-meter butterfly (prelims):

Ryan Lochte, 13th, 52.56 (advances to semi-final)

 

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