Of course, swimming is all about pushing limits, which is why Lochte's dominating performances bring up a tantalizing thought: Might he, like Phelps two years ago, go for eight—or even more—gold medals in London in 2012? When asked last week about his plans for the next Games, Lochte seemed taken aback. "That's like two years away!" he protested. "I'm not even thinking about that. I'm just trying to get through this meet and go on vacation. But I love swimming and I love racing, so I'm going to try to swim as many events as my body can physically handle."
If the results from Irvine are any indication, we haven't seen that limit yet.
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