Russia’s Yuliya Efimova overhauled favorite and world record holder Rikke Pedersen of Denmark to win gold in the women’s 200m breaststroke.
Silver medalist at the last world championships in Shanghai two years ago, Efimova touched in a time of 2 minutes, 19.41 seconds, with Pedersen, who set a world best of 2:19.11 in her semi-final on Thursday, taking silver in 2:20.08.
While Lochte shone, his teenage compatriot Missy Franklin suffered her first setback of the week when she could only manage fourth in the 100m freestyle, having won all four of her finals before Friday.
The 18-year-old has claimed two relay titles and golds in 200m freestyle and 100m backstroke, and if she manages a fifth triumph in her remaining two events she would match a feat achieved only by the US’ Tracy Caulkins in 1978 and Australian Libby Trickett in 2007.
No woman has won more than five golds at a world championships — East German Kristin Otto won six at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.