MANCHESTER, England, April 10. RYAN Lochte defended his men's 400 IM world title at the FINA World Short Course Championships to open the second night of swimming.
After winning in 2006 with an American record time of 4:02.49, Lochte returned with another victory in the longer distance medley with a time of 4:03.21. He led an American top-two sweep as Robert Margalis took silver with a 4:03.74.
"I came here expecting a medal in this event and didn't want to leave without one," Margalis told meet organizers. "Yeah, I'm in good form but I could do with a bit of a rest, because I've got more events to come and want medals in those too."
The victory gave Lochte his 11 medal at a World Short Course Championship. He now stands sixth all-time behind Michael Klim (15), Matt Welsh (14), James Hickman (14), Lars Frolander (14) and Mark Foster (12).
Greece's Ioannis Drymonakos came up just short of his national record time of 4:05.08 from December with a third-place 4:05.11.
Dinko Jukic of Austria crushed his national record of 4:10.24 set during prelims with a fourth-place 4:06.40.