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Ryan Lochte of the United States looks up after winning the gold medal in the Men's 200m individual medley final at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
Big night for Lochte, Magnussen, US golden girls
Swim » After slow start, Lochte cruises to victory in 200 medley.
First Published Aug 01 2013 10:47 am • Last Updated Aug 08 2013 05:21 pm

Barcelona, Spain • Ryan Lochte and James Magnussen are back on top at the world swimming championships.

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Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky just keep on winning.

After a disappointing start to the meet, Lochte looked more like himself Thursday night, pulling away to capture gold in the 200-meter individual medley.

Magnussen, who was viewed as a flop despite a silver medal at the London Olympics, rallied to win the 100 freestyle with a furious finishing kick, edging Americans Jimmy Feigen and Nathan Adrian.

But the Americans came through in the final event of the night.

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No surprise there. Not with Franklin and Ledecky leading the U.S. team in the 4x200 free relay.

Ledecky put the Americans ahead at the start, and Franklin zipped away with a dominant anchor leg to win in 7 minutes, 45.14 seconds.

The 18-year-old Franklin is now 4 for 4 in Barcelona, with three events to go. Ledecky, only 16 and getting ready for her junior year of high school, is 3 for 3 with one race left.

No matter what, they will go down as two of the biggest stars of this meet.

Lochte barely celebrated after his race, letting out a deep breath as he squinted to see his winning time — 1:54.98. Japan’s Kosuke Hagino claimed the silver, more than a second behind, and Brazil’s Thiago Pereira took bronze.

"The first two days I wasn’t myself," Lochte said. "I was too worried about the outcome of each race, about finishing first, about my times, and that’s not me. I am a swimmer who is really relaxed and goes out there to have fun."

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