Americans DiRado, Margalis qualify for 200 IM final

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The eight spots for Tuesday’s women’s 200 meter individual medley final were determined Monday night, and two Americans will be part of the eight-swimmer field.

Maya DiRado, who won a silver medal in the 400 meter IM, finished third among qualifiers with a time of 2:08.91. She’ll be joined in the final by Melanie Margalis, whose time of 2:10.10 placed her fifth in the field. Posting the best qualifying time was Great Britain’s Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, who finished her semifinal heat with a time of 2:07.57.

Also reaching the final was Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, who will be the second seed with a time of 2:08.13. Hosszu has already won two gold medals in these Olympics, in the 400 meter IM and the 100 meter backstroke. Hosszu established a new Olympic record in the first round of qualifying, with a time of 2:07.45.