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BARCELONA---On a night when
Missy Franklin finally lost, Ryan
Lochte turned in an epic perform-
ance at the pool.
Lochte swam three races in less
than two hours at the world cham-
pionships yesterday, coming away
with two gold medals and the top
time in an event he s competing in
for the first time at a major inter-
Certainly, this grueling triple was
worthy of a "Jeah!"
"It was so painful," said Lochte,
who had the big crowd at the Palau
Sant Jordi shouting his nonsensical
catchphrase every time he dove in
the water. "I don t want to do that
He won the 200-metre back-
stroke, posted the fastest time in the
semifinals of the 100 butterfly, and
put the Americans ahead to stay
with a strong leg in the 800 freestyle
relay. Not bad for a guy who took
a long break after the London
Olympics and slacked off on his
training while filming a reality tel-
evision show, "What Would Ryan
Apparently, there s nothing Lochte
can t do, or at least isn t willing to
try, when he dons a swimsuit.
He finished up his big night in
the relay, taking over with the Amer-
icans trailing both Russia and France
after Conor Dwyer s opening leg.
Lochte took care of that, turning in
the second-fastest 200 (1:44.98) of
anyone in the field. Only Sun Yang
of China, one of the world s greatest
freestylers, went faster---and he
hadn t already competed in two
Franklin also had a busy night,
but the first race didn t go as she
hoped. The 18-year-old American
finished fourth in the 100 free behind
gold medallist Cate Campbell of
Australia, ending a run of four
straight victories in Barcelona.
Franklin shook off the defeat,
coming back about 25 minutes later
to easily post the top qualifying time
in the semifinals of the 200 back.
She ll be a heavy favourite in that
race Saturday night---she s the
Olympic champion and world-record
holder---which leaves her still on
course to at least match Tracy
Caulkins of the US and Libby Trick-
ett of Australia as the only women
to win five events at worlds.
Caulkins won her five at the 1978
meet in Berlin, while Trickett did it
in her home championships at Mel-
bourne in 2007.
Franklin will have one more event
after the backstroke---Sunday s 400
medley relay---so she s got a shot at
joining Michael Phelps and Mark
Spitz as the only swimmers to win
as many as six golds at either worlds
or the Olympics.
Lochte got off to a slow start in
Barcelona, looking sluggish while
settling for silver as part of the 400
free relay and even worse in his first
individual event---a fourth-place fin-
ish in the 200 free. But any thought
he was in for a disappointing cham-
pionships ended with a victory in
the 200 individual medley on Thurs-
Twenty-four hours later, he had
two more golds.
Lochte pushed the early pace in
the backstroke, leading at the first
flip, and had enough to hold off his
challengers. His winning time was
one minute, 53.79 seconds---0.45
ahead of Poland s Radoslaw Kawecki.
Reigning Olympic champion Tyler
Clary of the US, who edged Lochte
for the gold in London, settled for
bronze this time.
"The 200 back is probably one of
the hardest events on your legs and
your body in general," Lochte said.
"With the little training I ve done
this year, it s going to set me up pret-
ty good for 2016."
With that, he hustled off the prac-
tice pool, located under a tent outside
the arena, to get ready for the semi-
finals of the 100 fly.
This is a new event on his pro-
gramme, and he didn t have a lot of
But Lochte, swimming in an out-
side lane after only the 13th-fastest
time in the preliminaries, popped
off a time of 51.48---a personal best---
to claim the top seed for the final.
Chad le Clos of South Africa, who
already won the 200 fly, was next
Finally, in the relay, he joined with
Dwyer, Charlie Houchin and Ricky
Berens to give the Americans their
fifth straight world title in the 4x200
free. Berens touched in 7:01.72, while
Russia took the silver and China---
with Sun swimming 1:43.16 on the
anchor leg---rallied for the bronze.
In the women s 100 free, Campbell
pushed the pace from right the start,
making the flip more than a half-
second under world-record pace.
That gave her a big enough lead to
hold on for a time of 52.34, a half-
body length in front of silver medal-
list Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden.
Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the
Netherlands edged Franklin for the
bronze by 0.05. (AP)
Lochte makes it an epic night
United States' Ryan
Lochte exits the pool
after winning the gold
medal in the Men's
200m backstroke final
at the FINA Swimming
World Championships in
yesterday. AP PHOTO
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