2016 RIO OLYMPIC GAMES
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Swimming: August 6-13
- Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Barra Olympic Park, Rio de Janeiro
- Prelims – 9:00 a.m/12:00 p.m PST/EST (1:00 p.m local), Finals – 6:00 p.m/9:00 p.m PST/EST (10:00 p.m local)
- SwimSwam previews
- Rio Schedule & Results
- Live Stream (NBC)
Swimming on the American 800 free relay that won gold last night, four-time Olympian Ryan Lochte surpassed Mark Spitz to stand alone as the 2nd most decorated male Olympic swimmer in history, trailing only his good buddy Michael Phelps.
Lochte won his 12th career medal, passing Spitz’s eleven. Phelps is well ahead of the pack, now at 25 all-time medals.
Not only did Lochte surpass Spitz, but he joined a group of three American women who also have twelve career Olympic swimming medals. He ties Jenny Thompson, Dara Torres and Natalie Coughlin who all amassed twelve medals over their illustrious careers as well.
Phelps and Lochte teamed up to help the American men win the 800 free relay for the fourth consecutive Olympics, the longest winning streak in that race since the Americans won five straight from 1960-1976.
In terms of his rank among Olympic medalists of all sports, Lochte now sits in a tie for 8th with eight other athletes (though he’s officially ranked 13th based off gold medal count). His six Olympic golds tie him for 18th all-time in that respect.
Lochte is of course swimming a much lighter schedule than we have seen from him in the past, actually swimming the same two races here in Rio that he did in his Olympic debut back in 2004. He won the 800 free relay here like he did in Athens, now let’s see if he can do one better than his silver medal performance from twelve years ago.
Lochte has won four consecutive World Championship titles in the 200 IM, but has never won Olympic gold. The man who has stood in his way will look to do it for one more time here, and that’s Phelps.
The 200 IM preliminaries begin this morning.