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DAY EIGHT IN THE POOL AT THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN SHANGHAI
Ryan Lochte wins his fifth gold medal on the last day of the competition
Men’s 400m Individual Medley
Team Speedo USA star Ryan Lochte (USA) swam his way to another gold medal in his final event of the 14th FINA World Championship, winning the 400m Individual Medley in a time of 4:07.13. His teammate and fellow Team Speedo star Tyler Clary took the silver with a time of 4:11.17.
Lochte’s win was his fifth gold medal of the meet. He also took gold in the 200m free, 200m back, 200m IM and the 4x200m free relay, and was named the top male swimmer of the meet. “It’s been a long, long eight days,” Lochte said. “For the most part, that 400m IM being on the last day was definitely really hard. I had to everything I could just to get my hand on the wall first.” Clary earned his second medal of the meet after finishing third in the 200m back on Friday. After the 400m IM, Tyler said: “I’m happy to bring that one back again after two years ago. I think that even though it was the same result as Rome I think it was a much better swim. I think all round I’m a better swimmer, there’s a lot of improvements to be made though and it’s something that will keep me busy all summer.”
On competing with his teammates, Tyler added: “Swimming with those guys is, I’ve said this before, really humbling. You know two of the best swimmers the world has ever seen. Not only do I swim against them all the time, I’m on the same team and I’m constantly competing with them for not only medals but a spot on the team.”
On his preparations for 2012, Tyler said: “A whole lot of hard work and attention to detail. I told myself after the 200 butterfly, I was not really happy with that one. Not satisfied with the 200 backstroke as well. I’m going to be finding some big pictures of those results, blowing them up and outing them on my wall to keep me motivated for that.”
Women’s 50m Breaststroke
Hardy competed in a tough double Sunday, winning the 50m breast in 30.19 and then competing in the 50m freestyle a scant 15 minutes later. She finished eighth in the 50m free in 24.87.
“I haven’t had a clear thought in the last hour,” Hardy said afterward. “I’m really excited, but I’m really drained from doing that the past two days. I was still out of breath when I dove in (for the 50m free), but it was really fun. I’m glad I did it. It was a good experience. I’m completely dead, but it was fun.” Women’s 50m Freestyle
Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands took silver in the 50m Freestyle with a time of 24.27. Her teammate Speedo sponsored Marleen Veldhuis collected bronze in a time of 24.49.
Men’s 50m Backstroke
GBR’s Liam Tancock took gold in tonight’s 50m Backstroke. The Speedo sponsored swimmer touched the wall in a time of 24.50.
On retaining his gold on the 50m backstroke Liam said: “It’s an amazing experience for me. I became world champion for the first time in Rome and that was an amazing feeling, standing on the podium listening to the national anthem, waving to the crowd and the British team out there.
“Two years later to retain my crown, you know, what a feeling, listening to the national anthem a year out from the Olympics, it’s incredible.”
Men’s 1500 Freestyle
Yang Sun of Team Speedo China smashed the world record that was set 10 years ago in the 1500 freestyle with a time of 14:34.14. Speedo sponsored Ryan Cochrane (CAN) took silver in a time of 14:44.46.
Women’s 400m Individual Medley
Elizabeth Beisel of Team USA took gold in the 400m Individual Medley in a time of 4:31.78. Hannah Miley of GBR was on her heels finishing in a time of 4:34.22 taking silver. Stephanie Rice of Australia took bronze with a time of 4:34.23
Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay
In an exciting end to the competition Team USA secured gold in the men’s 4x100m Medley Relay with a time of 3:32.06 while Team Australia secured silver in 3:32.26.
“I think the biggest thing is just being able to finish on a win like that,” said Speedo superstar Michael Phelps, who swam the butterfly leg of the relay. “We weren’t in the 2007 final of that race, but every other one that I can remember, we’ve never lost that race. I think that’s something that we as a team want to keep. Relays are all about teamwork. To be able to put four guys together to step up and fight, we always find a way to get up and go, and it was a great way to end the last event. “ Medal Tally
The Americans’ total medal count in both the competition pool and in the open water events was 31 – 17 gold, six silver and eight bronze. The U.S. won the FINA trophy for best team, topping all other nations in both gold medals won and total medal count.