Lochte Swims to World Record
In win, American sets first record since '09
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American Ryan Lochte set a world record in the 200-meter individual medley at the world swimming championships on Thursday, defeating Michael Phelps for the second time this week. Lochte’s time, 1 minute and 54.00 seconds, beat the existing mark by one-tenth of a second and is the first new men’s record since 2009, when the world swimming federation banned the use of polyurethane suits after 43 records were broken. “Since they banned those suits, everyone thought a world record would never get touched again,” Lochte told the Associated Press. “I just wanted to show everyone that can happen.” Phelps, who again finished second to Lochte, won gold in the 200-meter butterfly on day four of the championships. His time in Thursday’s race against Lochte was a personal best.
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