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Ryan Lochte wins 200 backstroke at world swimming championships (video)

Swimming - 15th FINA World Championships: Day Fourteen

BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 02: Ryan Lochte of the USA celebrates after the Swimming Men’s Backstroke 200m Final on day thirteen of the 15th FINA World Championships at Palau Sant Jordi on August 1, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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Ryan Lochte had a slight lead at the 50, opened it up to a half-second at the 100 and the 150 and held on for his second straight world title in the 200 back and his second straight gold in Barcelona. Radoslaw Kawecki was a surprise medalist, snatching silver with a European record. Bronze medalist Tyler Clary is the Olympic champion and was the top seed going into the final. The U.S. has won this event at every worlds and Olympics since the 1996 Atlanta Games.

“My first reaction getting into the wall was frustration,” Clary told Universal Sports. “It’s going to be fun trying to get back up on the podium the next three years.”

Gold: Ryan Lochte (USA) 1:53.79
Silver: Radoslaw Kawecki (POL) 1:54.24
Bronze: Tyler Clary (USA) 1:54.64
4. Ryosuke Irie (JPN) 1:55.07
5. Kosuke Hagino (JPN) 1:55.43
6. Craig McNally (GBR) 1:55.67
7. Xu Jiayu (CHN) 1:57.13
8. Peter Bernek (HUN) 1:58.26

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