PHOENIX, Arizona, August 14. FOUR years ago at the Pan Pacific championships, Ryan Lochte was in a league of his own in the 200 individual medley, putting a threat to his year-old world record in the event on the way to winning gold at the 2010 Pan Pacific championships.
We’re excited to relive this moment from the meet as we get ready for this year’s edition in Australia. Lochte is one of the gold medal favorites, and he’ll likely be joined in the final by fellow American Michael Phelps. Two others with a strong chance to swim in the 200 IM final in Australia are Brazil’s Thiago Pereira and Japan’s Kosuke Hagino. Both were in the 2010 final, where Pereira took bronze behind Lochte and Tyler Clary.
Lochte pushed his world record of 1:54.00 at nationals on Sunday. Can he hold on and get into the 1:53 range in a few days? Time will tell, but for now, let’s enjoy this thrilling race from the 2010 meet.