Ryan Lochte flirted with the world record in the 400-meter individual medley before settling for a gold medal and the year's fastest time at the Pan Pacific championships on Thursday night.
The American led all the way and touched in 4 minutes, 7.59 seconds, lowering his own meet record of 4:08.77 set in the morning heats.
Lochte came back later to anchor the Americans to a blowout victory in the 800 free relay, capping a night in which the U.S. won five gold medals, giving them a leading total of 12 through the first two days of the meet.
Michael Phelps, Peter Vanderkaay, Ricky Berens and Lochte won in 7:03:84 -- a whopping 7.17 seconds ahead of second-place Japan. Australia was third.
"I told them before the race to give me the biggest lead possible because I'm going to need it," Lochte said. "I'm lucky I had clean water."
In the IM, Lochte was under the pace of Phelps' world record through 150 meters of the grueling four-stroke race. But he fell off it on the breaststroke leg.
"I just went out fast and tried to hold on for dear life," Lochte said. "I'm just going out there, having fun and racing. Whatever the outcome is, I'll take it."
Friday, August 20, 2010
Ryan Lochte wins Pan Pacific Gold
Ryan Lochte, former Gator, won Gold in the 400m individual medley in the Pan Pacific championships. Lochte, and team USA, are coached at the even by UF Swimming and Diving Coach Gregg Troy.