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Olympics Men's swimming: Ryan Lochte goes from hero to goat in 4x100 relay (France upsets USA)
Knox News ^ | 07/29/2012 | Mike Griffith

Posted on 07/30/2012 6:43:26 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

LONDON – Ryan Lochte had exactly one day to enjoy being recognized by many as the “World’s Greatest Swimmer.”

Team USA’s newly crowned champion in the 400-meter individual medley relay on Saturday, Lochte quickly transformed from hero to goat Sunday when France’s Yannick Agnel jetted past him over the final 50 meters of the 4 X 100-meter freestyle relay at the Olympic Aquatic Centre.

A French Connection anchored by Agnel struck for gold with a time of 3:09.93 in the final, roughly a half-tick ahead of the American silver-medal crew (3:10.38), which was led-off by Nathan Adrian (47.89 for his 100-meter split) followed by Michael Phelps (47.15), Cullen Jones (47.60) and then Lochte (47.74). Russia won the bronze (3:11.41), while pre-race favorite Australia finished fourth.

“At least I’m in a medal today,’’ reasoned Phelps, who before finishing fourth in Saturday’s 400 IM had won medals in 16 consecutive Olympic events dating back to the 2000 Sydney Games.

Lochte, his seemingly ever-present swagger turned suddenly sullen in defeat, attributed his inability to hold the lead to poor strategy and inexperience.

“The 100 free, I don’t really swim it; I haven’t swam it in a long time,’’ he said. “So I think I was just really excited, and I over-swam the first 50, which kinda hurt me for the last 50.

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TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: france; olympics; ryanlochte; swimming

1 posted on 07/30/2012 6:43:36 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

How fast is the pool compared with Beijing?


2 posted on 07/30/2012 6:49:04 AM PDT by Perdogg (Let's leave reading things in the Constitution that aren't there to liberals and Dems)
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To: SeekAndFind
I over-swam the first 50, which kinda hurt me for the last 50

He seemed to stop swimming the last 25. Hard to understand how that can happen in such a short race.

3 posted on 07/30/2012 6:50:30 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: SeekAndFind

How can you call him a “goat”? He swam a fine race and got beaten fair and square. He was one of FOUR men on that team. They still took the silver medal, fgs!


4 posted on 07/30/2012 6:51:34 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (ABO)
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To: SeekAndFind

Maybe France was just better, it happens, the US barely beat them four years ago.


5 posted on 07/30/2012 6:52:34 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: SeekAndFind

At least they’re not the Aussies, who were the favorites, and wound up completely off of the podium.


6 posted on 07/30/2012 6:53:42 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: FatherofFive
He seemed to stop swimming the last 25.

Maybe the other guy was just swimming faster! Lochte was already slowing down before his turn.

7 posted on 07/30/2012 6:53:42 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (ABO)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

The fault is with whoever decided to put Lochte in the anchor position, although he had little experience at it.


8 posted on 07/30/2012 6:54:58 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: Perdogg

Forgot his spinach?


9 posted on 07/30/2012 6:55:09 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: dfwgator

Then, they should say that the coach is the “goat”, not the swimmer.


10 posted on 07/30/2012 6:57:31 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (ABO)
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To: SeekAndFind
This article was written by a limpwristed, XXXXXXXXXXXX poofter.

I watched that race ... Team USA didn't "lose" it (ie, fail to perform their best). The Frogs won it fair and square. They performed their best, and their best was just a little better than our best. This time.

That's why they run the race ...

11 posted on 07/30/2012 6:59:39 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: dfwgator

Yup....look at the coaching here. Lochte said he did not really know what he was doing. That says it all IMO.


12 posted on 07/30/2012 7:00:09 AM PDT by LongWayHome
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To: LongWayHome

good point


13 posted on 07/30/2012 7:16:26 AM PDT by Loud Mime (Defeat Obama. Everything else is secondary)
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To: ArrogantBustard

That was one long and lean Frog that swam the anchor lap!


14 posted on 07/30/2012 7:20:02 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: Dr. Ursus

What the heck has happened to the Germans? No medals to speak of so far.


15 posted on 07/30/2012 7:25:54 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I thought it was Phelps’ fault ? So the media says. And Drudge.
Guess it was because he only left his team with a .79sec lead after his leg of the relay.


16 posted on 07/30/2012 7:28:30 AM PDT by A'elian' nation (Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred. Jacques Barzun)
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To: dfwgator

They must all be working to pay for the teams from Spain,Greece,Portugal and Italy!


17 posted on 07/30/2012 7:35:41 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: dfwgator

They must all be working to pay for the teams from Spain,Greece,Portugal and Italy!


18 posted on 07/30/2012 7:37:09 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: Dr. Ursus

They need to go back to enforcing rules on the number of foreign players on each team. English teams should have English players, some teams, like Arsenal, don’t even have a single English player in their starting lineup. The Day of Reckoning for Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Manchester United/City and similar clubs is coming, all of these clubs are leveraged up to the hilt.


19 posted on 07/30/2012 7:40:19 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: SeekAndFind

Don’t they usually put the fastest guy at the anchor?


20 posted on 07/30/2012 7:45:38 AM PDT by karnage
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To: SeekAndFind

The radio report I heard said that the French anchor “beat the ‘Great Wet Hope’ by a full second.”


21 posted on 07/30/2012 7:49:10 AM PDT by jimfree (In Nov 2012 my 12 y/o granddaughter will have more relevant executive experience than Barack Obama)
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To: karnage

And he wasn’t even close to the fastest 100 Freer - never was. It was putting a round peg in square hole.


22 posted on 07/30/2012 7:57:52 AM PDT by impimp
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To: dfwgator

Arsenal have Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs as regular starters. Alex Oxlade Chamberlain is a substitute who will have quite a great carreer ahead of him and should be a more prominent figure in the team in the coming years. Thats 4 very promising englishmen in The Arsenal.


23 posted on 08/03/2012 6:01:04 PM PDT by hannibaal
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