Ryan Lochte risks DQ in 200 IM, gets the World Title – Race Interview

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2013 World Champion: Ryan Lochte, USA – 1:54.98
World Record: 1:54.00 – Ryan Lochte, USA – 2011
Championship Record: 1:54.00 – Ryan Lochte, USA – 2011

GOLD: Ryan Lochte, USA – 1:55.81
SILVER: Thiago Pereira, BRA – 1:56.65
BRONZE: Wang Shun, CHN – 1:56.81

Ryan Lochte secured his fourth consecutive World Title in the men’s 200 IM with a time of 1:55.81, earning an much needed medal for the United States. Thiago Pereira of Brazil earned the silver medal with a 1:56.65 and Wang Shun of China earned the bronze with a 1:56.81.

Dan Wallace was in third place with 50 meters to go, but was ran down and bumped off of the podium. He finished fourth with his time of 1:57.59. Conor Dwyer was the only to finish under 1:58. He touched fifth with a final time of 1:57.96.

Marcin Cieslak finished sixth in 1:58.14, finishing just ahead of the second Brazilian in the field, Henrique Rodriguez who finished seventh at 1:58.52.
Simon Sjodin of Sweden rounded out the final with his time of 1:59.06.

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SC Swim Fan
5 years ago

Lochte raises an interesting point. The rule book for USA Swimming says that the freestyle portion of the IM can be done in any manner except for back, breast, and fly styles. With him doing an underwater on the back off the wall in the freestyle leg, there might be a temptation to call him for doing a backstroke swim. However, the backstroke swim is done on top of the water and the underwater portion is not considered part of the backstroke swim (you certainly have to have shoulders past vertical toward the back off the wall in the backstroke but the swim is conducted on top of the water). Therefore, unless there is something different about FINA rules used… Read more »

Reply to  SC Swim Fan
5 years ago

Agreed. FINA rule book is the same as the USA rule book in this instance. There are almost no regulations as to what you do underwater off the wall during the free leg of a relay. If you want to push off upside down, feet first, go for it. If you want to push off some other way, go for it. As far as I can tell, the only thing you cannot do off the wall on free is a breaststroke pullout.

Any sort of DQ would have been called on very shaky ground and would likely result in a very quick appeal and overturn (if you can overturn DQs).

Talk about manufacturing a controversy!

Stroke & Turn
Reply to  Tim
5 years ago

As long as you surface by 15m, you can do whatever you want underwater during a freestyle event including a breaststroke pullout. You can’t re-submerge however. From the USA swimming rulebook 101.5.2. In an event designated freestyle, the swimmer may swim any style, except that in a medley relay or an individual medley event, freestyle means any style other than butterfly, breaststroke or backstroke. Some part of the swimmer must break the surface of the water throughout the race, except it shall be permissible for the swimmer to be completely submerged during the turn and for a distance of not more than 15 meters (16.4 yards) after the start and each turn. By that point the head must have broken… Read more »

Stroke & Turn
Reply to  SC Swim Fan
5 years ago

The rule is ambiguous for the reasons you point out. The rule about what constitutes the backstroke style encompasses both the underwater portion (up to 15m) and the surface portion. So while your argument makes sense, I don’t think you can definitively say that the underwater dolphin kicking is not part of the backstroke swim. Other than having to surface by 15m, the only rule for backstroke is that you stay on your back (other than entering the turn). Here’s the USA Swimming Rule on backstroke: Backstroke 101.4.2 .2 Stroke — The swimmer shall push off on his back and continue swimming on the back throughout the race. Some part of the swimmer must break the surface of the water… Read more »

5 years ago

Good job, Ryan! In addition to the gold, you may have a rule named after you!

5 years ago

Serious question – what possible rationale is there for this rule in the first place? I.e., that for the free leg of IM and medley relay, the swimmer can’t do another stroke? If somebody wants to anchor a medley relay swimming fly, why not allow that?

Why not just say “freestyle is truly free” — 100% of the time?

Reply to  SwimGeek
5 years ago

Because you must have 4 different strokes in the medleys – IM or relay. You have to do them in order and you must do 4 different strokes.

Reply to  morrow3
5 years ago

I think he is asking why does that make sense (the order sure, but why must free style be a ‘different stroke’). Doesn’t seem to be much logical sense for this rule. Frankly, I don’t see much logical sense for any rules regarding freestyle, other than maybe, pulling on the lane line or getting out of the pool and running to the end.

Reply to  gaash
5 years ago

I’d sort of like to see someone try both pulling on the lane line AND running to the end of the pool, just to see if they could get away with it. 🙂

Reply to  kcswimjk
5 years ago

I think there is a youtube video of someone doing that in a meet btw…

Kirk Nelson
Reply to  SwimGeek
5 years ago

I imagine it’s because the intent of a medley swim is to swim four different strokes. I suppose they could go the other way and just say “the fourth stroke in a medley swim must be front crawl.”

Reply to  Kirk Nelson
5 years ago

I think I would still be slower even if I climbed out and ran!

About Gold Medal Mel Stewart

Gold Medal Mel Stewart

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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