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Sport Swimming-Lochte out, Murphy seeing double at U.S. Olympic trials

08:40  19 june  2021
08:40  19 june  2021 Source:   reuters.com

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Ryan Lochte ' s Tokyo ambitions came to a crashing thud on Friday, as he failed to make the cut at the U . S . Olympic swimming trials , while 25-year-old Ryan Murphy secured his chance to once again vie for the backstroke double . Six-time Olympic gold medal winner Lochte , who left the 2016 Games mired in scandal, had hoped to make his fifth Olympics in a bid for redemption but finished seventh in the 200m medley final. "This ain't the end of the road," Lochte , 36, told a reporter after the race in Omaha. "There' s a lot more I want to accomplish in the sport of swimming , whether it' s in the pool or

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By Amy Tennery

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(Reuters) - Ryan Lochte's Tokyo ambitions came to a crashing thud on Friday, as he failed to make the cut at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, while 25-year-old Ryan Murphy secured his chance to once again vie for the backstroke double.

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Six-time Olympic gold medal winner Lochte, who left the 2016 Games mired in scandal, had hoped to make his fifth Olympics in a bid for redemption but finished seventh in the 200m medley final.

"This ain't the end of the road," Lochte, 36, told a reporter after the race in Omaha. "There's a lot more I want to accomplish in the sport of swimming, whether it's in the pool or outside of the pool making swimming bigger."

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U . S . Olympic Swimming Trials are taking place June 13-20 in Omaha, Nebraska. Friday' s finals session can be seen live on NBC at 9 p.m. ET, as well as streamed on NBCOlympics.com [HERE] and the NBC Sports App. Ryan Lochte has a lane in the final. Michael Andrew has Lochte ’ s world Similar to King, Ryan Murphy can book his second-consecutive Olympic double with a strong effort in the men’ s 200m backstroke. Murphy is the defending Olympic champion in both individual backstroke events. And in a women’ s 100m freestyle final that, to the shock of the swimming world, will not

The first swimmer to make the 2021 U . S . Olympic swim team in multiple events is Florida’ s Kieran Smith, who moves to #8 all-time among US men in the 200 free. Most pretty common event combos are fairly spread out between the days, with a few notable exceptions: the 100 free and 100 back are back-to-back on day 1, and any 400 IMers who cross over into the 200 free would have a tough double on day 2. However, it’ s also worth noting that Wave I will feature a good number of single-event qualifiers, with most of the swimmers set up for really busy Olympic Trials schedules getting under

Michael Andrew, 22, who won the event in 1:55.44 and also qualified in the 100m breaststroke, said he was "honored to carry the torch."


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Murphy will have the chance to defend both of his Rio backstroke titles this summer, after winning Friday's 200m race in 1:54.20, while 24-year-old Abbey Weitzeil punched her ticket to Tokyo, winning the 100m freestyle in 53.53.

Annie Lazor, 26, defeated reigning Olympic champion and training partner Lilly King in the 200m breaststroke final in 2:21.07 to book her first-ever trip to the Olympics, an emotional triumph just weeks after her father's sudden death.

"It's been a rough couple of months for me and I just couldn't have done it without (King)," said Lazor, as she choked back tears and stood with her teammate. "She's pulled me through practice every day - I'm so thankful for her."

King, who finished .68 seconds behind, also made the team and will have the opportunity to defend her title in Tokyo.

"We really just wanted to do it together and it couldn't have gone any better than that, honestly," said Lazor.

Elsewhere in the action, five-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky made light work of her 800m freestyle heat, posting the top time of 8:16.61 and Caeleb Dressel scorched the men's 100m butterfly semifinal in 49.76.

(Reporting by Amy Tennery; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)

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