Other Sport

Lochte back in pool after 10-month ban for Rio tale

2017-08-05 21:28
Ryan Lochte (Gallo Images)

New York - Ryan Lochte, the world and Olympic champion swimmer whose false story about being robbed at the Rio Olympics brought a 10-month ban, returned to the pool Saturday at the US Open meet. 

Two days after his 33rd birthday, Lochte finished seventh in a preliminary heat of the men's 100 backstroke, booking a spot in the final with a time of 55.59 seconds at the Nassau County Aquatics Center in suburban New York. 

"I have to start somewhere. This is a starting point, a stepping stone," Lochte told USA Swimming.

Lochte, who intends his comeback to propel him into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, told USA Swimming that he is ready to battle back after a humiliating finish to his Brazil experience last year.

"Whatever happens, I'm going to take it with a grain of salt and keep moving forward," Lochte said in a video posted on the governing body website. 

"One of the biggest things I've learned throughout the past year is I'm a fighter. I will always get back up. And I'm back." 

Lochte claimed to have been forced out of a taxi and robbed at gunpoint in Rio last August but video showed the American swim star and teammates instead stopped at a gas station bathroom.

After the ban, Lochte competed on Dancing With the Stars and became a father, with son Caiden being born two months ago. 

"I want to show him if you keep working at something, you can achieve anything," Lochte said. "That's why I got back into the pool. Every stroke I take, it's for him. 

"I want to show my son what his dad does and what he's passionate about and show him to never give up. I do have goals. I still want to accomplish much more in the sport of swimming."

Lochte said he is a changed man from the one whose embarrassing tale led to false robbery claim charges a year ago. 

"Before it was just me and my swimming and what do I want to accomplish in the sport. But now I have a whole new purpose, whole new drive in the water. I'm so excited to be back in training," Lochte said. 

"I've never had this spark. I've never had this kind of flame inside me. How well I want to do in 2020 -- I've never felt this way. My whole outlook on life has changed. 

"I wake up every day with a big smile on my face. The most important thing is to have fun. That's what life and swimming are all about."

Read more on:    ryan lochte  |  swimming
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 PSL season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
Vote

Floyd 'Money' Mayweather v Conor 'The Notorious' McGregor ... who've you got in Saturday's mega fight?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.