The 14th FINA World Championships concluded on Sunday with the United States winning the overall medal count and positioning itself for another dominant meet at next year's Summer Olympics. Fourth-Place Medal looks at the winners and losers from the swimming competition.
Winner: Ryan Lochte
The 26-year-old American won five gold medals in Shanghai, sweeping his three individual events and adding two relay golds in addition to a relay bronze. His world record in the 200 IM was the first record since FINA banned high-tech swimsuits in 2009. Oh, and he also beat Michael Phelps twice in head-to-head races.
Australia brought 47 swimmers to Shanghai, the most of any country. Yet the nation's two gold medals were equaled by Denmark, a nation that brought a contingent of six. That gold medal total was down from nine in 2007 and six (in fewer events) at the 2008 Olympics.
Winner: Missy Franklin
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