Lochte shines again in Shanghai

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American swimming sensation Ryan Lochte continued to make a splash at the world championships in Shanghai this week.

On Thursday the 26-year-old held off multiple Olympic champion and compatriot Michael Phelps and beat his own world record to retain his 200 metres individual medley title.

Lochte, who also won the 200 metres freestyle earlier in the week, became the first swimmer to break a long course world mark since the full length swim suits were banned.

James Magnussen handed Australia their first 100 metres freestyle title in 43 years when he took gold in the men’s blue ribband event.

The 20-year-old put himself firmly in the London Olympics spotlight when he clocked a winning time of 47.63 seconds to claim gold ahead of Canada’s Brent Hayden and France’s William Meynard.

Russia’s Anastasia Zueva bounced back from her near-miss in the 100 metres backstroke on Tuesday to claim gold in the discipline’s 50 metre event. Aya Terakawa of Japan took the silver medal while Melissa Franklin of the USA picked up bronze

The United States continued their medals haul with victory in the women’s 4×200 metres freestyle relay.

Melissa Franklin, Dagny Knutson, Kathryn Hoff and Allison Schmitt touched home in seven minutes, 46.14 seconds. Australia claimed silver while China won bronze

Elsewhere Jiao Liuyang provided the host nation with their fourth gold in the pool, and 14th overall in Shanghai, when she won the women’s 200 butterfly.