Lochte officially back
LOS ANGELES (AP):
Ryan Lochte is returning to USA Swimming competition this week for the first time since his 10-month suspension for his behaviour at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics ended.
The 32-year-old new father will compete at the LA Invitational, which begins today on the Southern California campus, where he trains and now represents Trojan Swim Club.
The six-time Olympic gold medallist is entered in the 50- and 100-metre freestyles and 200m individual medley. His times of 48.16 seconds in the 100m freestyle and 1 minute, 54.00 seconds in the individual medley are top-seeded.
Lochte was ineligible to compete at the recent US nationals, which kept him from qualifying for the World Championships beginning July 23 in Hungary. His suspension ended June 30.
Lochte was suspended last summer after he and three other swimmers vandalised a gas station during the Rio Games and then said they had been robbed at gunpoint. The scandal in Rio overshadowed the final days of the games, and the ever-changing versions of events that Lochte provided cost him major sponsors.