Phelps and I will remain friends: Lochte

Jul 30, 2012, 08:39 IST | IANS

"Whatever happens, we will still be friends," was the promise made by Ryan Lochte following his stunning win in the final of the men's 400 metres individual medley on Saturday night

Friends they may be, but after Saturday’s showing they may not now be rivals.

Lochte powered home to gold, ahead of Brazil’s Thiago Pereira and Japanese swimmer, Kosuko Hakino, with Olympic Champion and 14-time gold medal winner Michael Phelps finishing fourth.

Ryan Lochte, Michael Phelps
Lochte celebrates after winning gold on Saturday. PIC/AFP

Given the shockwaves caused by Phelps’ inability to win a medal, Lochte faces as many questions about his friend and rival as he did about his own magnificent win.

“I’m surprised he didn’t get a medal, but he gave it everything he has,” said Lochte about Phelps, before praising Phelps’ sportsmanship.
“After the race he came to me in the massage area and congratulated me on keeping 400 medley for the US,” he added.

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