Ryan Lochte wins 200-yard IM
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ryan Lochte won the 200-yard individual medley and finished eighth in the 50 freestyle at the U.S. Short Course national championships on Thursday.
The two-time gold medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics came from behind in the 200 IM to defeat Austrian Olympian Markus Rogan at Ohio State's McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Lochte finished in 1 minute, 42.6 seconds, more than 2½ seconds off his American record. Rogan was second in 1:42.94.
Lochte clocked 19.78 seconds in the 50 free won by Nathan Adrian in 19.45.
Lochte said he is feeling fatigued from training for the World Championships in Dubai in two weeks.
"I'm still really tired. I've been working really hard," he said. "I had a good start. I missed my wall and I didn't have a good second 25 [yards] underwater so it messed me up."
Rogan led the 200 IM through the butterfly and backstroke segments before Lochte pulled within 0.34 seconds on the breaststroke and then won with a finishing 24.91 in the freestyle to Rogan's 25.68.
"I don't usually swim to get second," Rogan said. "I was confused because I was ahead at the third [leg] and I expected to be behind [Lochte]."
Lochte did not expect to be in front early because he wasn't wearing the half-body suit other swimmers had on.
"I'm only wearing a Speedo," he said. "I don't have a suit. I don't have that natural speed like all the other people do. Of course, I'm going to be behind."
Lochte is scheduled to compete in the 100 backstroke on Friday and the 200 backstroke on the final day of competition Saturday.
The only meet record was set by Katinka Hosszu, who won the women's 200 IM in 53.47.
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