Ryan Lochte will be swimming potentially seven events at the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain: 200 freestyle, 200 IM, 200 backstroke, 100 butterfly, 4×200 freestyle relay, 4×100 freestyle relay, and (at this point) butterfly on the prelim 4×100 medley relay.
After dedicating a lot of time this sesason to his reality show, What Would Ryan Lochte Do, the diversion in Hollywood appears to have had little effect on Lochte’s success in the pool. By the numbers, Lochte dominated the men’s side of swimming at US World Trials. True, he’s not in 2012 Olympic shape, but he’s not far off either.
Lochte will have tough competition at FINA Worlds, something he confessed he was concerned about. From Japan, Ryosuke Irie in the 200 backstroke and Kosuke Hagino in the 200 IM will challenge the 11-time Olympic medalist. France’s Yannick Agnel and Russia’s Danila Izotov will challenge him in the 200 freestyle, which Lochte won at the 2011 World Championships in 1:44.44. (Izotov clocked a 1:44.87 on the leadoff of the World University Games 4×200 free relay.)
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