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Ryan Lochte wore some incredibly ugly shoes before winning his third 200m IM gold

Posted By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   Aug. 1, 2013 at 6:57 PM   |   Comments

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Aug. 1 (UPI) -- It's hard to believe its been a year since Ryan Lochte's good looks and innocent self-absorption generated plenty of Olympics buzz. Since then, the 28-year-old 11-time Olympic medalist has worn out his "Jeah" catchphrase and starred in a reality show that played off his dumb jock reputation, "The World According to Ryan Lochte."

But now that the World Championships are back, some wondered whether Lochte's antics would distract him from his supposedly no. 1 priority -- swimming.

On Thursday, just before his appearance at the Championships in Barcelona, the world's most outlandishly dressed swimmer posted a photo of the sneakers he was wearing on his big day -- a fuzzy, yellow-and-black set of teddy bears wearing Adidas hats.

"Wanna go on safari?" Lochte wrote.

Thankfully, the eyebrow-raising kicks didn't seem to distract from his performance in the pool.

The former Florida Gator won his third gold in the 200m medley on Thursday, becoming only the second man to do so after Michael Phelps.

"It's good to get a win out of this Worlds considering the circumstances I was in, taking time off and starting back in training late, so I'm happy with it," he told reporters.

Lochte beat Japan's Kosuke Hagino and Brazil's Thiago Pereira with a time of 54.98.

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