The first event of the USA Olympic swimming trials made a surprising outcome as an injured Ryan Lochte didn’t qualify for the USA Rio team in an event he won at the 2012 London Games. 31-year-old Ryan Lochte a three-time Olympian and 11-time medalist who had the world’s second-best time last year in the 200-meter individual medley but not qualified for 400m I.M for Rio.
Lochte, an 11-time Olympic medalist, raced out to a big lead on the first 2 legs of the 400m individual medley but had nothing left for the breaststroke and freestyle.
After the race, Lochte revealed that he pulled a groin muscle throughout the morning preliminaries, saying it left him with no choice other than to try to create a commanding lead in the butterfly and backstroke and hope it’d hold up.
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Kalisz, 22, has trained for the past many years, last at Arizona State, with Michael Phelps, the sole swimmer to have finished quicker than Lochte in the event. Kalisz’s time is the runner-up in the world this year, behind Kosuke Hagino’s 4:08.85. Hagino and a fellow Japanese swimmer, Daiya Seto, who has clocked a 4:10.53, had pushed Lochte to enter the event. David Marsh, who coaches Lochte at SwimMAC in Charlotte, N.C., appealed to Lochte’s nationalism, telling him that if he was the best swimmer to have on the blocks for the USA, then he need to swim.
Lochte channeled Phelps within the first half of the final, taking the butterfly out quick and increasing his lead on the backstroke leg.
“I had to go out quicker than usual because i couldn’t use my legs in the breaststroke,” said the 31-year-old Lochte, who still has many different events to claim his spot on his fourth Olympic team – assuming he will overcome his injury.
“I did everything I could in that race, it just wasn’t enough. just ought to forget about that and move forward.”
He said he would get a cortisone shot to assist deal with the pain.
“I’m about to keep working on it day in and day out, and hopefully it gets better,” Lochte said. “I thought about scratching, but I mean, it is the Olympic trials. If I had a broken leg, i would still go out there and swim.”
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