Six-time Olympic swimming champion Ryan Lochte failed to qualify for the Olympic Games for the fifth time in his life at the American qualifiers in Omaha on Friday.

The 36-year-old Lochte did not go further than seventh place in the final of the 200-meter individual medley.

The American swimming legend should have tapped first to win a ticket for Tokyo, while a second place might have been enough.

Had Lochte managed to qualify for the Games, he would have been the oldest American swimmer ever among the men at the world's most important sporting event.

He will be 37 years old on August 3.

"I've let everyone down, but this isn't the end," Lochte said.

"I want to achieve even more in swimming, whether in or out of the pool. Maybe in three years I will participate in the Olympic qualifiers again. I will be 40 years old by then, so we'll see."

Lochte took part in the Games for the first time in 2004 and won silver in the 200-meter individual medley and gold in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay team in Athens.

Lochte also became Olympic champion with the American team at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Games.

Six-time Olympic swimming champion Lochte is comforted by Chase Kalisz, who is allowed to go to Tokyo.

Six-time Olympic swimming champion Lochte is comforted by Chase Kalisz, who is allowed to go to Tokyo.

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Locht has been in the news negatively in recent years

Individually, Lochte has two Olympic titles to his name: in the 200-meter backstroke in 2008 and the 400-meter individual medley in 2012. In the 200-meter individual medley, Lochte held the world record for a long time and between 2009 and 2015 he won four World Championships in a row. gold on that number.

In recent years, Lochte has mainly been negatively in the news.

The American was banned for ten months in 2016 for destroying a toilet door at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and a subsequent false report.

In July 2018, the swimming legend was banned for no less than 18 months after he posted a photo on social media two months earlier showing that he was being administered an IV with authorized substances.

The amount was more than allowed.

In the summer of 2019, Lochte graced his return by crowning himself national champion in the 200-meter individual medley, but a fifth Olympics is not possible (for now).