Ryan Lochte Makes History With 4th Consecutive 200 IM Victory at 2015 FINA World Championships

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USA’s Ryan Lochte made history as he joined Grant Hackett in the fourpeat club with a win in the men’s 200-meter IM at the 2015 FINA World Championships.

Lochte raced his way to victory in a time of 1:55.81, the only sub-1:56 of the year as she smashed the world best of 1:56.30 set by Kosuke Hagino in April.

That’s Lochte’s fourth consecutive victory in the 200-meter IM as he previously won in 2009 (1:54.10), 2011 (1:54.00) and 2013 (1:54.98).

He joins Hackett as the only two people to ever win a world title four straight times in the same event.  Hackett won the 1500 free from 1998-2005. Lochte will have to think about competing in the 2017 world championships to think about tying Michael Phelps as the only people to win an event five times. Phelps won the 200 fly in 2001, 2003, 2007, 2009 and 2011.

That’s also the sixth world championships during which Lochte has won a gold medal as he pushed his total career medals to 16 golds, four silvers and four bronzes for 24 total. He trails only Michael Phelps’ 33 total medals (26 gold, six silver, one bronze).

Brazil’s Thiago Pereira, fresh off becoming the most decorated athlete ever at the Pan American Games, took silver in 1:56.65.  That’s just a second off his Brazilian record of 1:55.55, and gave him his first silver at a world championship meet.  He previously earned a pair of bronzes.

China’s Wang Shun snared bronze overall in 1:56.81, breaking his own Chinese record of !:56.86 from 2013 for his third career bronze medal at worlds.

Great Britain’s Dan Wallace (1:57.59), USA’s Conor Dwyer (1:57.96), Poland’s Marcin Cieslak (1:58.14), Brazil’s Henrique Rodrigues (1:58.52) and Sweden’s Simon Sjodin (1:59.06) also competed for the title.

Here is the link to see the splits

Watch interview with Ryan Lochte about his race
SCHEDULED EVENTS

  • Women’s 100 free semis
  • Men’s 200 IM finals
  • Women’s 200 breast semis
  • Men’s 100 free finals
  • Women’s 200 fly finals
  • Men’s 200 breast semis
  • Women’s 50 back finals
  • Men’s 200 back semis
  • Women’s 800 free relay finals

HEAT SHEETS

4 Comments

4 comments

  1. avatar
    Pau Hana

    If I read the splits correctly, he had the second fastest split in all four strokes. Nicely consistent.

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