Swimming, Day 7 - Women’s 200m backstroke: Franklin (USA) imperial, sets new CR (2:04.76)

BCN2013 - Swimming

Missy Franklin (USA)In what was one of the most predictable finals of the day, Missy Franklin (USA) got her fifth gold in Barcelona, after a comfortable win in 2:04.76, a new Championships record. The best mark at FINA’s major event had been set by Kirsty Coventry (ZIM) in Rome 2009, when she got the gold in 2:04.81. Franklin’s tally in the Catalan capital now comprises the 200m back, 200m free, 100m backstroke, 4x100m free relay and 4x200m free relay. The North American star – Olympic champion in this event - was also the fastest of the semis and held since June the best performance of the year in 2:05.78.

The silver went to Belinda Hocking, from Australia, who repeated her performance from Shanghai 2011, while the bronze medal went to Hilary Caldwell (CAN), her first success at this level.

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World Record: Missy Franklin (USA), 2:04.06 – August 3, 2012 in London (GBR)
Championships Record: Missy Franklin (USA), 2:04.76 – August 3, 2013 in Barcelona (ESP)
Best performance of the current season (since January 2013): Missy Franklin (USA), 2:04.76 – August 3, in Barcelona (ESP)
2003-2011 winners in this event: 2003 – Katy Sexton (GBR, 2:08.74); 2005 – Kirsty Coventry (ZIM, 2:08.52); 2007 – Margaret Hoelzer (USA, 2:07.16); 2009 – Kirsty Coventry (ZIM, 2:04.81); 2011 – Missy Franklin (USA, 2:05.10)
The best in this event (1. most victories or 2. fastest time): Cornelia Sirch (GDR, 1982 & 1986), Kirsty Coventry (ZIM, 2005 & 2009) and Missy Franklin (2011 & 2013)
2012 Olympic podium: 1. Missy Franklin (USA, 2:04.06), 2. Anastasia Zueva (RUS, 2:05.92), 3. Elizabeth Beisel (USA, 2:06.55)


QUOTES:

Gold medal winner: Missy Franklin (USA)

On success in Barcelona: "It never gets easy, the competition here is absolutely unbelievable, it's as tough as rewarding for sure."

On swimming many events: "I takes a lot of control, emotionally and physically, I'm taking it session by session otherwise it becomes too overwhelming. That way it's a lot easier to handle and to focus on."

Silver medal winner: Belinda Hocking (AUS)

"After 2011, really happy with the silver, big first international medal, expected too much, did not end p getting the result that I wanted, changed coaches, moved towns, change a lot of things not only in swimming but also in my life, it's about waking up every day and try doing something different."

Bronze medal winner: Hilary Caldwell (CAN)

"I am pretty excited about this final. It's so amazing, it's my first international medal."