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Ryan Lochte wins athlete of year

Updated: September 16, 2011, 9:59 PM ET
Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Ryan Lochte has received USA Swimming's athlete of the year award, capping a season in which he won five gold medals at the world championships and became the first swimmer to break a world record since polyurethane suits were banned.

Lochte was honored at USA Swimming's convention in Jacksonville, Fla., on Friday night.

He set a world mark of 1:54.00 in the 200-meter individual medley at the world meet in China, which also earned him the performance of the year ...

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