Taylor McKeown Tops 200 Breast Semi-Finals; USA Fails To Qualify For Finals

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Women’s 200 Breast Semi-Finals:

Four years after the USA’s Rebecca Soni won Olympic gold in the women’s 200 breast, the USA has failed to qualify anyone for the final of the event. This will be the first Olympic Games since the 1992 Barcelona Games that an American has not medaled in this event.

Australia’s Taylor McKeown powered to a 2:21.69 in heat two of the 200 breast to claim the top seed. Japan’s Rie Kaneto posted the second fastest time of the semi-finals with a time of 2:22.11, just ahead of Great Britain’s Molly Renshaw (2:22.33).

The close finishes continued with China’s Shi Jinglin turning in a 2:22.37 for the fourth place seed.

Denmark’s Rikke Pedersen finished fifth overall in semi-finals with a time of 2:22.45, and is the current World Record holder with a 2:19.11 from the 2013 Barcelona World Championships.

Starting out slow but accelerating to a quick finish was Russia’s Yulia Efimova who returns as sixth with a 2:22.52.

Great Britain’s Chloe Tutton (2:22.71) and Canada’s Kierra Smith (2:22.87) finished seventh and eighth respectively.

Full results are available here.

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Author: Taylor Brien

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Taylor Brien is the Assistant Operations Manager and a staff writer at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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