Ryan Lochte has become only the fourth man in history to win the same race three times running an the World Championships.

Lochte surged to victory in the 200m individual medley, proving that the USA are still a force despite Michael Phelps' retirement. 

Having enjoyed an extended lay-off following the 2012 Olympics, there were fears that the swimmer's involvement with his television show would hamper his ability in the pool.

Any worries were put to rest in impressive fashion though, as Lochte swept aside the field to record a time of 1min 54.98secs, under a second outside of the world record he set back in 2011. 

Being known for his laid-back attitude towards arguably one of the most fiercely competed sports in the Olympics, Lochte was happy to talk up his reputation.

He said: "I’m the guy who never gets stressed about swimming.

"I’m the one out there having fun. I feel like myself again.”

The 29-year-old also denied that he is under pressure to follow in the footsteps of the legendary Michael Phelps,

“I don’t know if I could ever replace Michael’s legacy. What he has done for the sport is unheard of. I am just trying to play my part.”

 

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