Lochte (USA) makes history with 8 medals in Istanbul
For the fourth consecutive edition of the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), Ryan Lochte (USA) is the winner of the FINA Trophy for best male swimmer, earning an unprecedented eight medals in Istanbul! The swimming superstar already made history two years ago in Dubai (UAE) with seven podium appearances, but this time in the Turkish metropolis, he did even better with an even more impressive roll of honour: 1st 200m Free, 1st 4x100m free, 3rd 100m fly, 1st 4x200m free, 1st 200m IM, 2nd 200m back, 1st 100m IM, and 1st 4x100m medley.
Lochte has now an accumulated total of 30 medals at these championships since his first appearance in Indianapolis in 2004. Moreover, the 11-time medallist at the Olympics was the only swimmer to establish new World Records in Istanbul: firstly in the final of the 200m IM (1:49.63) and then in the semi-finals of the 100m IM (50.71). Lochte's performances decisively helped USA clinch the title for Best scoring team in Istanbul.
Lochte betters 100m IM WR, Meilutyte and Ye on top
One day after setting a new World Record in the final of the men’s 200m IM, Ryan Lochte (USA) was again in excellent shape on day 4 of the 11th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Istanbul, setting a new world best mark in the semis of the 100m IM. Qualifying first for the final, the U.S. superstar touched home in 50.71, improving the previous WR (50.76) of Peter Mankoc (SLO) from December 2009. In the decisive race of this event, to be held this Sunday, the last day of the Championships, Lochte is the top favourite for the gold.
In the finals of this Saturday, Ruta Meilutyte (LTU), Nicholas Santos (BRA) and Shiwen Ye (CHN) all won with new Championships Records, respectively in the women’s 100m breaststroke (1:03.52), the men’s 50m butterfly (22.22), and the women’s 200m IM (2:04.64). The fourth meet’s record (26.11) of the day was established by Jing Zhao (CHN) in the semis of the women’s 50m backstroke. Before the last day in Istanbul, two World and 15 Championships Records have been set at the Sinan Erdem Arena.