LONDON -- Ryan Lochte might have established himself as the best swimmer on the planet Saturday, but he might not have had the most impressive race.
While Lochte blew away Michael Phelps and the rest of the field in winning the men's 400-meter individual medley, Chinese teen Ye Shiwen set a world record in winning the women's 400 IM. She swam her final 50 meters faster than Lochte swam his -- 28.93 seconds for Ye, 29.10 for Lochte.
"We were all talking about that at dinner last night," Lochte said Sunday morning. "It's pretty impressive. It was a female. She's fast.
"If she was there with me, she might have beaten me."
That was a respectful joke -- Lochte's overall time was 4:05.18; Ye's was 4:28.43 -- but her time drew the attention of American swimmers in part because her winning time was five seconds faster than her qualifying time. The silver medalist, Elizabeth Beisel of the U.S., dropped half a second from her qualifying time.