Should Ryan Lochte Race 400 IM in Rio? Gold Medal Minute presented by

Gold Medal Minute presented by

11-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte swam 400 IM at the Pro Swim in Austin. He was shaved and semi-rested, clocking a 4:12. Not bad for a guy who said he did not want to swim that event again–ever.  But this is the Olympic year, and everyone has a touch of Olympic Fever. Motivations are high. Harder work is being banked, and now, according to Lochte, a veteran over 30 years old, 400 IM is on the table for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha.

SwimMAC CEO and Head Coach David Marsh  said he wanted to see Ryan do it so he – at very least – has the option to race 400 IM at Trials.

From the outside looking in, it appears no one really knows if Ryan will or won’t race 400 IM. It seems it will all come down to how much conditioning Ryan does over the next 90 days.

If you missed Michael Phelps interview, he joked to Ryan that if you win it at the last Olympics, you have to swim at US Trials.  Phelps went on to say, in a more serious tone, he thinks Ryan can do it, but he has to do the work.

Will Ryan race 400 IM in Omaha…or at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio? If so, how fast will he go? I think Ryan’s a sub 4:04.7 if he does it, and I think that’s enough be in the hunt for gold.  What do you think? 

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This is a Gold Medal Media production presented by Host Gold Medal Mel Stewart is a 3-time Olympic medalist and the co-founder of, a Swimming News website.

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4:04.7?, jeez that’s fast, I guess we’ll see. I envision more of a 4:05.9-4:07.3 range, still fast. But don’t be fooled, hagino has a decent fly, insane back, breast better than anyone but maybe seto, and by far the best freestyle over everyone but Lochte. What I see in Rio Seto leads after the fly, with Lochte close behind, Hagino riding on Lochte hip. Then Hagino takes a lead on the fly, pulling a body length a head of Lochte, and 2 ahead of Seto. Hagino extends his lead to 2 body lengths at during the breast, Seto pulls up even to Lochte. Then it will be an insane all out sprint to the wall, to see if Lochte or… Read more »


i dont think the winner will go 4:04, id love to be wrong though. 4:05.9 maybe, I see 4:06 as the most likely


I doubt anyone will break 4:06 in Rio. Lochte should use the Olympic Trials as a test for whether he can keep up with a rested, first-day-of-the-meet Hagino. It’ll be interesting to see if Lochte is interested in medals other than gold. If he makes the team going >= 4:08 high and still swims it in Rio, I’d say he’s shooting for a minor medal.


I agree with ML.. Don’t see anyone going sub 4:06

Lochte was the only person sub 4:08 in London.. Seto won the past world championships with a 4:08.5 and he was the only one sub 4:09 (I do think hagino would have won if healthy)

Reid Carlson

The best part of the video is “Don’t Stop Believin'” playing in the background while Marsh is talking.


YES. It is the greatest race out there and I would love to see him 2-peat this. It is his best shot at individual gold (not easy, but best shot). Go for it.


I think if it’s 2 wins it’s just a repeat. You don’t get to add numbers til it’s 3 or more wins. It’s in the Geneva Convention.


Yeah, but for those of us hoping for a 3-peat in 2020 …

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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