Will Ryan Lochte be part of the US Olympic team? Time, TV and more as swimmer competes for a spot on the 2021 team
Ryan Lochte is set to return to the Olympic stage five years after leaving her out of favor.
The six-time gold medalist will swim for a spot on Friday for a spot on the U.S. team that travels to Tokyo next month. He is in the men’s 200-meter individual medley final at the USA Swimming Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb.
If Lochte does qualify, he would be in contention to compete in his fifth Olympics. His first matches were in 2004 and his most recent in 2016, when he helped spark an international incident by falsely claiming that he and a teammate were robbed at gunpoint from a gas station in Brazil. USA Swimming and the US Olympic Committee suspended him for 10 months for his actions. He received a 14-month doping suspension in 2018.
Here’s what to know about Lochte’s attempt to become a five-time Olympian:
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How can Ryan Lochte qualify for the Tokyo 2021 Olympics?
Lochte will be part of the US team if he finishes first or second in the 200 IM final on Friday night and posts a time that meets Olympic qualifying standards. He qualified sixth in Thursday’s semifinals; eight swimmers will participate in the final. His time in the semi-final was 1 minute, 58.65 seconds, 46 / 100th of a second slower than second place qualifier Chase Kalisz.
Lochte swam 1: 58.48 in his prelims, 4.48 seconds short of his world record 10 years ago.
“There are no perfect races and there are a lot of things I need to improve on, especially this race. It just wasn’t a good race,” Lochte told NBC’s Michele Tafoya at the edge of the pool after his semi-final.
Michael Andrew, the prohibitive favorite in the final, swam 1: 55.26 in his semi-final.
Lochte also competed in the men’s 100-meter butterfly, but was placed 38th in the prelims and failed to advance to the semi-finals on Friday morning. He failed to qualify earlier in the week in the 200-meter freestyle.
Which final is Ryan Lochte in?
Lochte, 36, is competing in the men’s 200-meter medley final. The race consists of four 50-meter laps in the pool. Each lap is swam using a different stroke: in order, these are the butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle. Lochte won gold in the 400-meter medley at the London Games in 2012 and he still holds the world record in the 200 IM, but he set that mark in 2011.
What time will Ryan Lochte swim for an Olympic spot?
The men’s 200 IM final will be swum after 9 p.m. ET.
Which channel will broadcast Ryan Lochte’s race?
NBC will broadcast the final of the 200 IM. You can stream the event live on the NBC Sports app or on NBCOlympics.com.