Ryan Lochte fails to qualify for Tokyo Olympics
Ryan Lochte left the Rio 2016 Olympics in disgrace. He wanted to erase those memories by going to the Tokyo 2021 Olympics.
It will not happen.
Lochte came to Omaha fishing to qualify for his fifth Olympics and reclaim the reputation he tarnished on an infamous night at a gas station in Rio de Janeiro five August. Lochte missed 2.7 seconds in the 200-meter individual medley, his flagship event, and failed to qualify for the Tokyo Games.
Lochte had been a sensation for the US team alongside Michael Phelps, the sport’s most decorated athlete. But the last Olympics in Lochte ended in disaster. In 2016, he dyed his hair silver and won a gold medal in the 4 × 200-meter freestyle relay. He is best remembered for an argument with Brazilian police as the swimming competition drew to a close.
Lochte claimed he and three other American swimmers were robbed at gunpoint from a gas station, a story that has become an international scandal. Over the course of several days, however, Lochte’s story disintegrated. It turned out that after a night of partying, at least one of the swimmers damaged property in the gas station toilet before being confronted by armed security guards.