ISTANBUL — Ryan Lochte anchored a relay victory Thursday, while Matthew Grevers and Olivia Smoliga won the men’s and women’s 100-meter backstroke to improve the U.S. tally of gold to six medals Thursday at the short-course world championships.
Lochte established a strong lead for the Americans in the 4×200 freestyle and won his third gold at the event. Teammates Conor Dwyer, Michael Klueh and Matthew McLean maintained control to win gold in 6:51.40. Australia won the silver in 6:52.29 and
the Germans were third in 6:53.22. World record-holder Russia ended in fourth place.
Grevers won in 49.89 seconds, barely defeating Stanislav Donets of Russia, who finished in 49.91 in the next lane. The American won Olympic gold in the same event. Guilherme Guido of Brazil won bronze in 50.50.
[caption id="attachment_17657" align="aligncenter" width="596" caption="Gold medalist Matthew Grevers poses during the victory ceremony of the 100-met
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