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107629238 Lochte sets first world record since bodysuit ban

US swimmer Ryan Lochte competes in the men's 400M Individual Medley race at the FINA World Short Course Championships in Dubai on December 16, 2010. Lochte won the gold medal followed by Tunisian Oussama Mellouli and US Scott Clary. (MARWAN NAAMANI/AFP/Getty Images)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — American standout Ryan Lochte set the first individual swimming world record since high-tech bodysuits were banned on Thursday, winning the 400-meter individual medley at the short-course world championships.

Lochte finished the race in 3 minutes, 55.50 seconds, smashing the previous record set by Laszlo Cseh of Hungary a year ago by nearly two seconds.

While the China women’s squad set a world record in the 800 freestyle relay Wednesday, no other world marks — including in the long-course pool — have been set in 2010. The high-tech bodysuits made from buoyant materials were banned at the beginning of the year.

Two other Americans came away with golds Thursday. Natalie Coughlin won the 100 backstroke in 56.08 seconds and Rebecca Soni won the 50 breaststroke.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press

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