American is back on the blocks and ready to put last summer’s shame behind him on his quest to a fifth Olympic Games
The American will be racing in his first meet since serving a ten-month ban for an infamous incident at last summer’s Olympic Games.
US swimmer Ryan Lochte will race for the first time at the US Open since the end of his suspension
Lochte was banned 10 months for falsely claiming he was held at gunpoint after vandalising a petrol station
The 33-year-old is entered in the 100metre backstroke and the 200m individual medley in New York according to USA Today.
A year on from Lochte’s notorious debacle – where he vandalised a petrol station in Rio and falsely claimed he and some of his Olympic team-mates were held at gunpoint – all seems to have been be forgotten.
It appears Lochte is back to being the all-American golden boy after he was met on Friday by fans and spent almost two hours signing autographs and posing for pictures.
Lochte told reporters those fans were one of the reasons he is still swimming.
The main reason, though, is for his new son Caiden who he said has helped him find a new love for the sport.
This is the first step in Lochte’s campaign for the 2020 Olympics which at 36-year- old would be his fifth Games.
Lochte is a 12-time Olympic medallist and holds four world records
Lochte intends to make a run for his fifth Olympic Games in Tokyo
Lochte did manage to get some racing in during his ban at the U.S. Masters Spring Nationals, a meet that didn’t fall under his suspension.
He finished second in the 100-metre breaststroke and took gold the 200-metre individual medley.
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