Ryan Lochte won his fourth gold medal at the world swimming championships in Shanghai as the U.S. successfully defended its 800-meter freestyle relay title.
The U.S. finished in a time of 7 minutes, 2.67 seconds, 2.14 seconds ahead of France and 3 seconds before China. It trailed France after 600 meters when Lochte, swimming the final leg, fought back to clinch the title. Michael Phelps, Peter Vanderkaay and Richard Berens were also part of the winning team.
“It’s not a bad day at the office,” Lochte told broadcaster Eurosport.
Earlier on the sixth day of the championships, Lochte won the 200-meter backstroke for his third individual title. He finished in 1 minute, 52.96 seconds, shaving one second off his best time over the distance. Japan’s Ryosuke Irie was second and Tyler Clary of the U.S. took the bronze medal.
“It wasn’t perfect, I know I can go a lot faster,” Lochte said. “I know that there is a lot I can still work on.”
Lochte yesterday broke his own world record in winning the 200-meter individual medley final and he also took the 200-meter freestyle three days ago.
Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen and Aliaksandra Herasimenia of Belarus tied for the 100-meter freestyle gold medal with a time of 53.45 seconds. Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands took the bronze in of 53.66 seconds.
Rebecca Soni of the U.S. won the women’s 200-meter breaststroke final in a time of 2 minutes, 21.47 seconds, while Hungary’s Daniel Gyurta won the men’s event in 2 minutes, 8.41 seconds.
It’s the last major international swimming meet before the 2012 Olympics in London.