Lochte ends Istanbul Worlds with six gold while Chinese Zhao wins women’s 50m backSouce:Xinhua Publish By Dustin Updated 17/12/2012 6:10 pm in Sport / no comments
ISTANBUL, Dec. 16 — Olympic and world champion Ryan Lochte of the United States was beaten by Poland’s Radoslaw Kawecki in the men’s 200-meter backstroke on the last day of the Short Course World Championships in Istanbul here on Sunday.
Kawecki won the gold medal with a personal best time of one minute 48.48 seconds, while Lochte was only 0.02 second behind. Ryan Murphy of the United States grabbed a bronze in 1:48.86.
The United States also won the men’s 4x100m medley relay in 3:21.03. Russia took second in 3:22.86, while Australia team placed third in 3:24.77.
The relay title gave Lochte a sixth gold medal this week and a record of eight medals overall as he put together an astonishing meet at the championships.
China’s Zhao Jing took victory in the women’s 50m backstroke with a time of 25.95.
“Since I stopped using the textile swimming suit, this is my personal best. The opponents were very strong. I was very nervous before the race, maybe that’s how I beat them,” Zhao said.
Zhao is the first athlete to win this event more than once, having defended her title. Olivia Smoliga of the United States won silver with a time of 26.13 and Poland’s Aleksandra Urbanczyk received bronze with 26.50.
It’s China’s third gold medal at Istanbul. China collected three gold, five silver and three bronze to rank the second place at the medal table.
In the women’s 50m freestyle Belarus’ Aliaksandra Herasimenia raced to victory in 23.60, while Britain’s Fran Halsall touched second in 23.87.Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen Gray finished third.
In the women’s 100m butterfly, Italy’s Ilaria Bianchi took gold in 56.13. China’s Beijing Olympic champion Liu Zige earned a silver in 56.58, while Britain’s Jemma Lowe took the bronze in 56.66.
Russia’s Vladimir Morozov won his second title here after claiming the men’s 100m freestyle gold in 45.65, adding to his success over half the distance, beating Tommaso D’Orsogna into second and teammate Evgeny Lagunov into third.
Japan’s Kazuya Kineda held on to break the meet record with a winning time of 1:51.01 in the men’s 200m fly. Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh took his third medal and second silver of the meet with a 1:51.66. Russia’s Nikolay Skvortsov picked up a bronze in 1:52.33.
Ryan Lochte, the top swimmer of the meet with eight medals and six golds as well as two world records, earned 53,750 U.S. dollars during his time in Istanbul. Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, who is the queen of the FINA World Cup tour this year, topped the women with 18,000 U.S. dollars this week from two golds, two silvers and a bronze.?