Ryan Lochte strong in 200m freestyle heats, but still in pain

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OMAHA — Ryan Lochte remains in “constant pain” after pulling a groin Sunday, but he advanced to Monday night’s 200m freestyle semifinals at the Olympic Trials with a faster time than in 2012, when he was the world’s best all-around swimmer.

Lochte clocked 1:47.77 in the 200m free preliminary heats Monday morning, advancing to the semifinals with the fifth fastest time. He was 1:48.14 in the 2012 Trials prelims en route to making the Olympic team in second place behind Michael Phelps.

“I feel it right now,” Lochte said a few minutes after finishing Monday morning. “I’m in pain, but pain is temporary … I guess.”

He will swim Monday night (8 p.m. ET, NBC and NBC Sports app) for a place in Tuesday night’s eight-man final. The top six in Tuesday’s final will likely (but not definitely) make the Olympic team for the 4x200m free relay, and the top two make the individual 200m free.

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The 200m free marks Lochte’s best remaining chance to make the Olympic team. He just missed in the 400m individual medley Sunday, pulling a groin in the morning prelims and finishing third in the evening final in the event he won at the 2012 London Games.

The 200m free favorite may be 2013 World silver medalist Conor Dwyer, who clocked 1:46.66. He was followed by Jack Conger in 1:47.25.

Michael Phelps, the 2008 Olympic 200m free champ, scratched out of the race Sunday night and will make his Trials debut Tuesday morning.

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12-year-old skateboarders earn medals at world championships

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At the world skateboarding championships, 12-year-olds Chloe Covell from Australia and Onodera Ginwoo from Japan earned silver and bronze medals, respectively, in Sunday’s street finals.

In the women’s event, Covell took silver behind Brazilian 15-year-old Rayssa Leal, who was a silver medalist herself at the Tokyo Games.

Frenchman Aurélien Giraud, a 25-year-old who was sixth in skateboarding’s Olympic debut in Tokyo, won the men’s final in the United Arab Emirates. Ginwoo was third behind Portugal’s Gustavo Ribeiro.

The top Americans were Olympic men’s bronze medalist Jagger Eaton in sixth and 15-year-old Paige Heyn in seventh in the women’s event.

Nyjah Huston, a six-time world champion who placed seventh in Tokyo, missed worlds after August surgery for an ACL tear.

Up to three men and three women per nation can qualify per event (street and park) for the 2024 Paris Games. World rankings come June 2024 determine which Americans qualify.

In Tokyo, four of the 12 skateboarding medalists were ages 12 or 13.

Japan’s Kokona Hiraki, then 12, won silver in women’s park to become the youngest Olympic medalist since 1936, according to Olympedia.org. Japan’s Momiji Nishiya, then 13, won women’s street and became the youngest gold medalist in an individual event since 1936.

Worlds conclude this week with the men’s and women’s park events. The finals are Saturday.

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Francesco Friedrich, most decorated bobsledder in history, rebounds for 12th world title

Francesco Friedrich

A week after his first major championships defeat in seven years, German Francesco Friedrich returned to his winning ways to close the world bobsled championships on Sunday.

Friedrich’s four-man sled won the world title by 69 hundredths of a second over British and Latvian sleds that tied for silver, combining times from four runs over the last two days in St. Moritz, Switzerland. It marked Great Britain’s first world championships men’s bobsled medal since 1966.

Geoff Gadbois drove the lone U.S. sled in the field, finishing 18th.

Friedrich, the most decorated bobsledder in history, extended his records with a fifth consecutive world four-man title and 12th world championship between two- and four-man events.

Germany swept all four titles at bobsled worlds with four different drivers taking gold.

Friedrich had won 12 consecutive Olympic or world titles before taking two-man silver at worlds last week in St. Moritz, Switzerland. He was dethroned in that event by countryman Johannes Lochner.

Friedrich has been hampered recently by a muscle injury from sprint training in late December. Going into worlds, Lochner had won four consecutive World Cup two-man races, while Hall won the last two World Cups in four-man.

Friedrich, 32, said before this season that he plans to make the 2026 Milan-Cortina Winter Games his final competition. Friedrich and push athlete Thorsten Margis can break the record of four career Olympic bobsled gold medals that they currently share with retired Germans Andre Lange and Kevin Kuske.

The World Cup season concludes with stops in Igls, Austria, and Sigulda, Latvia, the next two weekends.

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