Speaking of fast, Lochte, who turns 28 next week, was asked what he thought of the closing 100 freestyle leg of the women’s 400 individual winner Ye Shiwen. A 16-year-old from China, Ye covered the final 100 meters in 59.68, only three-hundredths of a second slower than Lochte, who has spent the past three years performing strongman exercises to improve his strength and stamina.
Ye’s final 50 was faster than that of Lochte, who was much quicker overall. He clocked a 4:05.18 to Ye’s 4:28.43, a women’s world record.
“Yeah, we were all talking about that at dinner last night,” Lochte said. “It’s pretty impressive. I know it was a female. She’s fast. If she was there with me, I don’t know, she might have beat me.”