Ryan Lochte Gets a Second World Record; This One in 100 IM

American Ryan Lochte now has two World Records for this year’s Championship meet, equaling his number in 2010. After breaking the 200 on Friday evening in Istanbul, Turkey, he took down the elusive 100 on Saturday in just the semi-finals. His 50.71 broke the 50.76 held by short-course legend Peter Mankoc of Slovenia from 2009.

Lochte once held this record, from 2008 until 2009, but by the time this race rolled around at the 2010 Short Course Championships, he was too exhausted from an intense schedule to win it back. This year, his lineup is a bit lighter, and without having to worry about the 50 fly final (he scratched it) the record went down in just the semi’s. Interestingly, Mankoc’s old record was set in the semi’s of the 2009 European Championships and he took only bronze in the final.

Comparative splits:

Mankoc ’09 22.66 28.10 50.76
Lochte ’12 22.84 27.87 50.71

The two split similarly, though Lochte has a bit better of a back-half than Mankoc did back in 2009 – not a surprise given that he’s the World Record holder in the longer 200 and 400 meter races. He is the first swimmer to unify these three records since Finnish swimmer Jani Sievinen in the mid 90’s: the first man with a recognized World Record in the 100. Just like Lochte does now, at one point Sievinen held all three short course records, plus the 200 in long course.

Mankoc will swim in the final tomorrow as well; at 34-years old, he was 6th in the semi’s in 52.80.

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Amazing, I hope he win tomorrow.

Nobody can match him in IM’s , at any level today ! So he should win easely /


His taper is 4 months late.

It’s all fine , he will be back in LC for Barcelona . I am sure he forgot his small results from London to be great here . He has now the 3 IM SC WR . How can it be better ???


You just can’t help yourself, can you?

Philip Johnson

he’s Belgium’s biggest Lochte fan, nothing wrong with that.


I think he is Locthe biggest fan from any country.. even the hysterical girls from trials can´t beat him..

Justin Thompson

I second, third, and fourth that…Jean-Michael is the head of Lochte Nation!

s gomez

uh oh. watch out, some of the hysteric girls from US OTs are pretty crazy. jean u best watch yourself if you claim to be locthes #1 fan on american soil. a lot of american girls would tear you to shreads


My comment was directed at Liliana, who only comments (negatively) on Lochte articles.


Not really, but who cares. My point was that Lochte over trained and misjudged his taper, but that’s hardly his fault. His coaches should be the ones to blame.


Just stating the obvious, yo.

Justin Thompson

He over trained for the olympics….it’s showing here where he’s rested a bit more.

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