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Ryan Lochte: The Most Overshadowed Athlete on Earth

Ryan Lochte is easily the 2nd best all around swimmer on the planet. He has multiple NCAA, Olympic and World titles. Unfortunately for him, because of some Phelps guy he is routinely overshadowed in the pool.

But perhaps not for much longer.

At the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Lochte won the 200 and 400 IMs. In the 200 IM, Lochte narrowly bested Phelps’s world record in the event. For those golds, plus a gold in the 4X200m freestyle relay and a bronze in the 200m backstroke, Lochte was named swimmer of the meet.

Lochte continued his hot swimming at the recently competed USA National Championships, where he won the 400 IM by nearly 5 seconds over 2nd place Tyler Clary, was just outtouched in the 200m freestyle by Phelps (whose time was the best in the world in 2010), was just outtouched in the 100m freestyle (where he beat 100m specialists Jason Lezak and Garret Weber-Gale), beat Phelps by over a second in the 200 IM, and beat Aaron Piersol in the 200m backstroke finals.

While Phelps admitted he isn’t in great shape yet (and still won 3 events), Lochte is poised to be a multiple gold medalist in 2012, and will most certainly shed the most overshadowed athlete on the planet label.

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