Ryan Lochte, five years after leaving the Olympics in disgrace, is only one step away from returning to the Olympic arena.
The six-time gold medalist will swim on Friday to secure a place for the U.S. team heading to Tokyo next month. He entered the men’s 200m individual medley final in the U.S. Swimming Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska.
If Lochte is eligible, he will be eligible to participate in his fifth Olympic Games. His first game was in 2004, and the most recent was in 2016, when he lied that he and a teammate were armed and robbed at a gas station in Brazil, which helped spark an international incident. The U.S. Swimming Team and the U.S. Olympic Committee banned him for 10 months for his actions. He was suspended for 14 months in 2018 for taking stimulants.
The following is information about Lochte’s attempt to become a five-time Olympian:
test results: Track the U.S. team
How did Ryan Lochte qualify for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics?
If Lochte wins first or second place in the 200 IM on the last Friday night and releases a time that meets the Olympic eligibility criteria, he will enter the US team. He finished sixth in the semi-finals on Thursday; eight swimmers will participate in the finals. His semi-final time was 1 minute 58.65 seconds, 46/100 seconds slower than the second-ranked qualifier Chase Khaliz.
Locht swam in 1 minute 58.48 seconds in the preliminary round, 4.48 seconds less than the world record 10 years ago.
“There is no perfect game. I have a lot to improve, especially that game. It was not a good game,” Locht told NBC’s Michele Tafoya poolside after the semifinals.
Michael Andrew, who was prohibitive in the finals, swam out in the semifinals with 1 minute 55.26 seconds.
Rochette also participated in the men’s 100-meter butterfly, but he ranked 38th in the preliminary rounds and failed to advance to the semi-finals on Friday morning. He failed to qualify in the 200m freestyle competition earlier this week.
What finals did Ryan Lochte participate in?
The 36-year-old Lochte is participating in the men’s 200m individual medley final. The competition consists of four circles of 50 meters in the swimming pool. Each lap uses a different stroke: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle in order. Rochette won the gold medal in the 400-meter medley at the 2012 London Olympics. He still holds the 200-meter world record, but he set this record in 2011.
When will Ryan Rochette swim to get an Olympic berth?
The men’s 200 IM finals will take place sometime after 9pm Eastern Time.
Which channel will show Ryan Lochte’s game?
NBC will broadcast the 200 IM finals. You can broadcast the event live on the NBC Sports app or NBCOlympics.com.