Sunday, December 19, 2010

In short, Lochte sets the gold normal

Ryan Lochte

Ryan Lochte doubled his gold medal haul on the final day of the 10th FINA world short route swimming championships in Dubai on Sunday. The American added gold in the men's 200 meter backstroke -- setting a new championship-best time -- and the men's 100 meter person medley.

The 26-year-old also maintained a team gold as the U.S. won the 4x100 medley relay event, taking his gold medal tally to six in Dubai. Sunday's results take his overall medal tally in all short course world championships (which are held in 25 meter pools) to 21, four more than the previous record of 17 held by Sweden's Therese Alshammar.

Lochte's tally of seven medals at the 2010 championships is also a record.

In the women's events, Rebecca Soni secured a clean brush in the breaststroke after adding the 200 meters title to the 50 and 100 meter she won earlier in the week. All her victories came in championship record times. But it was Mireia Belmonte Garcia who was crowned the most successful female swimmer at the championships with four medals.

The Spaniard claimed three gold medals (200 meter butterfly, 200 meter and 400 meter individual medley) and one silver in the 800 meter freestyle.

The United States led the final medal's table with 25, which included 12 golds. Russia finished second on 10 (four golds). Spain were in third place with eight (four golds), while China finished fourth with 14 medals (three golds).