Emily Seebohm, top rival to Missy Franklin, dislocates knee

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Australian swimmer Emily Seebohm dislocated her right knee while riding a horse a little more than two months before the World Championships, where she will hope to dethrone Missy Franklin in the 100m and 200m backstrokes.

Seebohm, 22, took silver in the 100m back behind Franklin at the 2012 Olympics and 2013 World Championships. She then defeated Franklin in the event at the major international meet of 2014, the Pan Pacific Championships in Gold Coast, Australia, where Franklin was slowed by a back injury.

Seebohm actually posted the fastest 100m back at London 2012, breaking the Olympic record in the prelims. She went slower in the final and lost to Franklin by .35.

Seebohm has been the fastest woman in the 100m back in 2014 and 2015, breaking 59 seconds both years. Franklin has not broken 59 seconds since the 2013 World Championships.

Seebohm has improved in the 200m back to post the fastest time in the world this year — 2:06.69, also a time Franklin has not bettered since 2013, though the American has competed in more short-course yards meets as a collegian the last two years.

At the World Championships in Kazan, Russia, the women’s 100m back final is Aug. 4 and the 200m back final Aug. 8.

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