Lochte not ready for retirement yet

Fri Aug 12, 2016 5:40am EDT
 
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By Joshua Schneyer

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Ryan Lochte's last individual event at the Rio de Janeiro Games, and possibly of his Olympics career, did not end the way he wanted to.

Whether it is enough motivation to push his body for a further four years through to the Tokyo Games in 2020 only remains to be seen.

"I can't say this is over. If anything, that race, it helped motivate me," the 32-year-old Lochte told reporters after he finished fifth behind compatriot Michael Phelps in the 200 meters individual medley final.

"There's a lot of things that I need to change in the next four years if I want to come back to the sport."

Lochte's performance at Rio was far from the heights he would have expected, particularly given it was his only individual event at his fourth Olympics.

When he touched the wall on Thursday, it was nearly three seconds behind Phelps.

Having led by 0.01 seconds at half-way, and in third place after the breaststroke, Lochte struggled on the final freestyle lap and finished without an Olympic medal for the first time in the event.

He clinched silver in 2004 and 2012 and bronze in Beijing in 2008. Phelps won gold each time.   Continued...

 
Ryan Lochte (USA) of USA reacts. REUTERS/David Gray