OMAHA, Neb. (Sporting Alert) – Ryan Lochte, even being in the same pool with Michael Phelps was tipped as the man to beat in the men’s 400m IM final at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials on Monday tonight and he lived up to the bill.
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Lochte, the two-time reigning world champ, looked in awesome form leading up to the clash – reached the wall first 4 minutes, 7.06 seconds, the eight fastest time for the event.
Phelps, the two-time defending Olympic champion who has not contest this event at a major meet since the last Games in Beijing, China in 2008, was second in 4:07.89, while Tyler Clary, who finished second to Lochte at the last two World Championships, battled home his timer in 4:09.92.
Lochte was satisfied with the win, but very unhappy with the time.
“That time was not good at all, I know I’m capable of going way faster,” he said.
“There was definitely a lot of places during that race where I knew I could go as faster, I just didn’t.”
He is now looking forward to rest of the trials.
“The first race is always the hardest,” Lochte added. “That race is over. I got so many more races left in this meet.”
Lochte and Phelps will meet again in this race at the London Olympics later on this summer.