Emily Seebohm Blasts to Win in 200 Back Finals at 2015 FINA World Championships

Emily Seebohm, Pan Pacs 2014
Photo Courtesy: Delly Carr

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Australia’s Emily Seebohm blasted her way to the top of the podium in the women’s 200-meter back finishing .53 seconds ahed of the second-place finisher with a time of 2:05.81. While Seebohm was a little more than a second and a half off Missy Franklin’s world record of 2:04.06, the Australian proved that she can turn on the heat and that Franklin’s record could be in trouble in future meets. Seebohm’s time moves her to the top of the world rankings for 2015, replacing her time of 2:06.56.

Franklin moved up and claimed the silver medal with a finishing time of 2:06.34. This is a definite improvement from her time of 2:07.79 from earlier in the meet.

Katinka Hosszu of Hungary slipped to third and a bronze medal with a time of 2:06.84. Hosszu added some time to her semis win of 2:06.18, which also broke a 24-year-old Hungarian National Record.

Russia’s Daria Ustinova clocked a time of 2:07.64 for a fourth-place finish in the event. Her time lowers her own world junior record of 2:08.74 which she posted earlier in the meet.

Germany’s Jenny Mensing turned in a 2:08.49 to finish fifth overall, while Canada’s Dominique Bouchard was close behind with a 2:08.51 finish for sixth.

Canadian teammate Hilary Caldwell took seventh with a time of 2:08.66, and Israel’s Eyglo Gustafsdottir finished eighth with a time of 2:09.53.

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