Ryan Lochte back on top at swimming worlds

PAUL NEWBERRY ,AP National Writer
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Ryan Lochte of the United States swims to the gold medal in the Men's 200m individual medley final  at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Ryan Lochte of the United States swims to the gold medal in the Men’s 200m individual medley final at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Ryan Lochte is back on top at the world swimming championships, cruising to victory in the 200-meter individual medley Thursday.

Lochte trailed Brazil’s Thiago Pereira after the butterfly and backstroke legs, but the American took control on the breaststroke and won going away with a powerful freestyle finish. The winning time was 1 minute, 54.98 seconds.

Japan’s Kosuke Hagino took the silver in 1:56.29, while the bronze went to Pereira in 1:56.30.

Lochte got off to a disappointing start in the championships, finishing fourth in the 200 freestyle. But, in the third of an expected seven events at Barcelona, he has another world title.

There wasn’t much of a celebration. Lochte still has to swim the semifinals of the 200 backstroke later Thursday.

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