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First record since bodysuit ban

Ryan Lochte on Thursday set the first individual swimming world record since high-tech bodysuits were outlawed.

other Updated: Dec 17, 2010 01:53 IST

Ryan Lochte on Thursday set the first individual swimming world record since high-tech bodysuits were outlawed.

The American won the 400-meter individual medley at the short-course world championships in 3 minutes, 55.50 seconds, smashing the previous record set by Laszlo Cseh of Hungary a year ago by nearly two seconds.

While China’s women’s squad set a world record in the 800 freestyle relay Wednesday, no other world marks _ none in the long-course pool _ have been set in 2010, with the bodysuit ban installed at the beginning of the year.

By contrast, in 2008 and 2009, nearly every record in the sport was broken multiple times.

Olympic 1,500-meter champion Oussama Mellouli of Tunisia finished second, a distant 1.90 seconds behind, and Tyler Clary of the United States was third, 2.06 back.