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2012 champion Lochte misses Rio cut in 400m individual medley

Omaha (United States): Ryan Lochte, the 2012 Olympic champion in the 400m individual medley, was denied a Rio berth on Sunday as Chase Kalisz led a changing of the guard in the punishing event at the US Olympic swimming trials.

Ryan Lochte competes in the 400m individual medley during the trials on Sunday. Pic/AFP
Ryan Lochte competes in the 400m individual medley during the trials on Sunday. Pic/AFP

Lochte, hindered by a groin injury suffered on the breaststroke leg in the morning heats, took the final out fast, hoping to build an insurmountable lead.

But Kalisz, 22-year-old training partner of Olympic superstar Michael Phelps, powered past the fast-fading Lochte on the breaststroke leg and held on over the finishing freestyle to win in 4min 09.54sec.

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