SHANGHAI, CHINA - Gator great Ryan Lochte defended his title, won his second world championship this week and became the first swimmer to set a world record in Shanghai all in a matter of 1 minute, 54 seconds flat with a gold medal in the men’s 200-meter individual medley. Clocking in at record-setting time, Lochte bested his previous mark of 1:54.10 set in Rome at the 2009 World Swimming Championships, when high-tech body suits were still worn.
After accomplishing a feat many thought was unattainable since the ban of polyurethane suits, Lochte explained, “I wanted to do something that everyone thought was impossible. 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 more races left in Shanghai, the 200-meter backstroke and 400-meter individual medley. He enters tomorrow night’s finals for the 200 backstroke with the best semifinal qualifying time in the field.
Former UF swimmer Jemma Lowe of Great Britain also took to the pool on Thursday in the women’s 200-meter butterfly final. Lowe touched in 2:06.64 to finish seventh overall. Appearing in her first World Championship finals in both the 100m and 200m butterfly, Lowe wraps up competition in Shanghai with an eighth and seventh place finish, respectively.
The 14th FINA World Championships continue Friday. Morning sessions are scheduled to take place from 9-11:30 a.m. local time in Shanghai (9-11:30 p.m. ET), while finals are slated for 6-8:10 p.m. (6-8:10 a.m. ET). Gator fans can get complete 2011 FINA World’s coverage through OMEGA Timing by visiting their website here. For more information about the 14th annual FINA World Championships please click here.
Fans in the United States can follow all the action from the World Championships on NBC and Universal Sports. NBC will broadcast the final two days of the meet on July 30 and 31 from 1-3 p.m. ET. Universal Sports will broadcast the remainder of the competition (July 25-27) from 8-10 p.m. ET each night. A webcast of the World Championships will also be available online at www.universalsports.com.