400m IM Champ at 2012 Olympics, Lochte Fails To Get Past US Trials

Only the top two placed swimmers get the ticket to Rio.

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Chase Kalisz, left, reacts with Ryan Lochte after winning the men’s 400-meter Individual medley final at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials. (Photo: AP)

The first event of the U.S. Olympic swimming trials produced a huge stunner, as Ryan Lochte failed to qualify for the team Sunday night in an event he won at the 2012 London Games.

Lochte raced out to big lead on the first two legs of the 400-meter individual medley but had nothing left for the breaststroke and freestyle.

Chase Kalisz (KAY-lish) won in 4 minutes, 9.541 seconds, while Jay Litherland rallied to take the second spot for Rio in 4:11.021. Lochte, his legs totally gone, labored home in third at 4:12.021.

While Kalisz and Litherland celebrated, Lochte hung on a lane rope, totally exhausted. He finally made it over to the side of the pool, struggling just to climb out of the water.

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