Dec 11, 2009 1:49 PM by Associated Press
Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte has withdrawn from next week's Duel in the Pool in Britain because he's still recovering from knee surgery.
USA Swimming, headquartered in Colorado Springs, said Friday that Lochte's spot on the 36-member U.S. team won't be filled.
The event features such U.S. Olympians as Michael Phelps and Aaron Peirsol against a team of top swimmers from Britain, Germany and Italy. It will be held Dec. 18-19 in Manchester, England.