Ryan Lochte pulls out of Charlotte clash with Michael Phelps

Did I put deodorant on this morning, wonders Lochte. Picture credit: Speedo

Did I put deodorant on this morning, wonders Lochte. Picture credit: Speedo

It’s a real shame but Ryan Ryan Lochte has withdrawn from the USA Grand Prix in Charlotte, North Carolina this week, citing a knee injury.

Although the 400 IM Olympic Champion will be in attendance at the meet signing autographs, pain in his left knee means that he will not face Phelps again in the 100 fly.

Although he called the withdrawal “disappointing,” Lochte’s focus is on the United States Nationals later this summer and the Pan Pacific Championships.

Lochte is keen not to risk additional injury to a knee that initially sustained damage when an over-excited teenage fan leapt into Lochte’s arms late last year and pole-axed him!

Says Lochte: “I was really looking forward to swimming in Charlotte now that it’s my home, in front of all the SwimMAC fans. I still plan to be at the meet and will do my best to be a good host,” Lochte said.

On a positive note, six Brits have now arrived in Charlotte to take part in the meet as part of British Swimming’s new initiative to get our athletes competing more. You can see the full story here: http://www.goggleblog.com/features/2461/its-lochte-v-phelps-again-in-charlotte-plus-six-british-swimmers.html