Sunday 24 September 2017

Franklin shines as Lochte slips to fourth spot

Missy Franklin of the US poses with her gold medal after winning the women's 100m backstroke final
Missy Franklin of the US poses with her gold medal after winning the women's 100m backstroke final

Yannick Agnel dealt another crushing blow to Ryan Lochte and everyone else in the supposed 'Race of the Century' last night.

Agnel showed his brilliant swim in the 4x100m relay was no fluke. The towering Frenchman did it again in the 200m freestyle, leading from start to finish to claim gold ahead of South Korea's Park Tae-hwan and China's Sun Yang who dead-heated for silver, with Lochte finishing fourth.

Missy Franklin restored American swim hopes with a gutsy performance in the backstroke, and Matt Grevers kept the gold medals coming for the red, white and blue.

Franklin (17) bounced back from a semi-final race with just a 13-minute break, rallying to win the 100m backstroke for her first gold medal.

Australia's Emily Seebohm led at the turn and was under world-record pace, but Franklin showed a remarkable finishing kick. The 6'1'' swimmer passed the Aussie in the final 25 metres and lunged toward the wall for a winning time of 58.33.

Seebohm settled for silver in 58.68 and Japan's Aya Terakawa took bronze in 58.83.

Ruta Meilutyte claimed a gold medal for Lithuania in the 100m breaststroke. The 15-year-old led from start to finish to touch in 1:05.47 as she held off a fast-finishing Rebecca Soni, the Beijing silver medallist.

Irish Independent

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