Lochte sets new world record in 200m IM

Updated: Friday, 14 Dec 2012 20:08

Ryan Lochte was in a class of his own as he lowered his own world record in the 200 metres individual medley at the World Short-Course Championships in Istanbul.

The 11-time Olympic medallist already held a clear lead after the opening butterfly leg, his pace too hot to handle for what was a world-class field which included Laszlo Cseh, owner of four Olympic medals.

The American was under world-record pace from start to finish and his time of one minute 49.63 seconds took 0.45secs off his own time from 2010.

The 28-year-old destroyed his opponents, his winning margin over Daiya Seto a huge 3.17secs with Cseh a further 0.09secs behind.

Lochte said: "This is definitely a good way to end 2012.

"I was not expecting a world record - I just went in to race the hardest I can.

"This is going to be a great ending to the year, it is going to boost my confidence going into 2013."

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The Florida Gator is hugely popular and was mobbed as he attempted to make his way to a press conference.

He said: "The fans are awesome - I owe them everything."

Daniel Gyurta added the short-course title to Olympic gold in the 200m breaststroke with Great Britain's Michael Jamieson second as the pair repeated their one-two at the Aquatics Centre in the summer.

The Hungarian had hoped to have lowered his own world record coming into the competition but had to be content with a championship record of 2:01.35.

His fellow Hungarian Katinka Hosszu set a championship record of 58.49 in the women's 100m individual medley

Britta Steffen of Germany won the 100m freestyle (52.31), Melanie Costa Schmid claimed the 400m freestyle title in 4:01.18 with just 0.06secs separating the top three, Daryna Zevina won the 200m backstroke (2:02.24) and China's Lu Ying took the 50m butterfly (25.14).

There was further success for Germany in the men's 400m freestyle as Paul Biedermann won in 3:39.15.

Vladimir Morozov has showcased his fearsome sprinting this week and tonight the 20-year-old Russian won the 50m freestyle in 20.55 ahead of Olympic champion Florent Manaudou.

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