Lochte Breaks World Record on Third Night of 2012 FINA World Championships


ISTANBUL, Turkey – Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.) bested his own mark in the 200m medley by setting a world record with the 1:49.63 at the 2012 FINA Swimming World Championships. It marked the first world record at the meet which is held inside the Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul, Turkey.

The magic happened with the final individual event of the night. Nearly two years ago to the day (December 17, 2010) in Dubai, Lochte swam a 1:50.08 and set a world record in the 200m medley. Tonight, Lochte became the first man to break the 1:50-mark by posting a 1:49.63. He led from start to finish and was ahead of the world record pace all race. Daiya Seto won the silver in 1:52.80 and Laszlo Cseh from Hungary took home the bronze medal in 1:52.89.

“Any time you break the world record it’s amazing,” Lochte said. “I wanted to do something that no one else did here.”

In the evening’s first individual final, Megan Romano (St. Petersburg, Fla.) got up on the podium with a second place finish in the 100m free. Her time of 52.48 fell short of the top spot which was occupied by Germany’s Britta Steffan and her 52.31 mark. China’s Tang Yi got bronze with a 52.73. Jessica Hardy (Long Beach, Calif.) ended up in seventh (53.65).

Bonnie Brandon (Denver, Colo.) would give the U.S. another medal to their total haul by winning a silver medal in the 200m back. Her time of 2:03.19 was sandwiched by Ukraine’s Daryna Zevina’s 2:02.24 and Spain’s Duane Da Rocha Marce’s 2:04.15.

In the women’s 400m, Chloe Sutton (Mission Viejo, Calif.) would capture her second medal of the meet with a silver medal from a 4:01.20 swim. Spain’s Melanie Costa Schmid just edged Sutton with a 4:01.18. Lauren Boyle from New Zealand would win the bronze medal with a 4:01.24.

Anthony Ervin (Valencia, Calif.) reached the podium with a bronze medal in the 50m free. The top-three finishers would all break the 21-second barrier. Russia’s Vladimir Morozov would swim a 20.55, France’s Florent Manaudou would touch in 20.88 and Ervin went 20.99. Josh Schneider (Cincinnati, Ohio) finished in sixth with a 21.38.

The women’s 4x100m medley relay closed out the night. The U.S. team was Olivia Smoliga (Glenview, Ill.), Hardy, Claire Donahue (Bowling Green, Ky.) and Romano. Their time of 3:51.43 was good enough from the bronze medal. Denmark won the race in 3:49.87 and Australia took silver in 3:50.88.

In the men’s 200m breast, Hungary’s Daniel Gyurta won with a Championship record time of 2:01.35. Great Britain’s Michael Jamieson went 2:03.00 for second and Russia’s Viatcheslav got third in 2:03.08. Clark Burckle (Louisville, Ky.) finished sixth in 2:03.58.

Christine Magnuson (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Donahue finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 50m fly. Magnuson went 25.70 and Donahue went 25.88. China’s Lu Ying and Jiao Liuyang won gold and silver, respectively, in 25.14 and 25.23. Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen Gray won the bronze in 25.55.

Germany’s Paul Biedermann won the men’s 400m free in a time of 3:39.15. China’s Hao Yun went 3:39.48 for second and Denmark’s’ Mads Glaesner got third in 3:40.09. Michael Klueh (Evansville, Ind.) finished fifth in 3:41.29.

In the women’s 100m medley final, Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu won the gold medal in 58.49 which was a Championship record.

In semifinal action, Matt Grevers (Lake Forest, Ill.) finished the 50m back in 23.43 and will advance to the finals as Ben Hesen (Jeffersonville, Ind.) went 23.65 and finished 10th. Brazil’s Nicholas Santos set a Championship record in the 50m fly with a 22.23 swim but Tom Shields (Huntington Beach, Calif.) set an American record with a 22.58. Jessica Hardy advanced to the 100m breast final with a 1:05.12 and will be seeded fifth.

For complete results from the 11th FINA Swimming World Championships (25m), please visit Omega’s Timing page.

The 2012 FINA World Championships will continue on Saturday with prelims starting at 10 a.m. local and finals commencing at 7 p.m. The morning session will have the women’s 50m back, men’s 100m free, women’s 100m fly, men’s 100m medley, women’s 50m free and 200m medley, men’s 50m breast and the women’s 4x100m free.