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Ryan Lochte wins 200 individual medley at world swimming championships (video)


US swimmer Ryan Lochte reacts after winning the final of the men’s 200-metre individual medley swimming event in the FINA World Championships at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona on August 1, 2013. AFP PHOTO / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU (Photo credit should read PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images)

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With his first gold at this meet, Ryan Lochte becomes the fifth man to win three straight world titles in one event (Michael Phelps, Aaron Peirsol, Ian Thorpe, Grant Hackett). He was behind after 50 and 100 meters (Thiago Pereira led) but took a half-second lead after the breaststroke and cruised home. Lochte now has a gold, a silver and a fourth through three of a potential seven events. He posted the fastest 200 IM time in the world this year. Kosuke Hagino, 18, won his second silver of the meet.

Gold: Ryan Lochte (USA) 1:54.98

Silver: Kosuke Hagino (JPN) 1:56.29
Bronze: Thiago Pereira (BRA) 1:56.30
4. Wang Shun (CHN) 1:56.86
5. Laszlo Csesh (HUN) 1:57.70
6. Daniel Tranter (AUS) 1:57.88
7. Daiya Seto (JPN) 1:58.45
8. Simon Sjodin (SWE) 1:59.79

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