After enjoying a great amount of success in London four years ago, these Olympics have not been as kind to American swimmer Missy Franklin. She did manage to get a gold medal as part of the 4×200 free relay time, but from an individual standpoint Franklin hasn’t been able to add to her medal haul.
That run of bad luck continued Thursday night, as she failed to qualify for the final of the 200 backstroke. Franklin’s time of 2:09.74 placed her 14th among the 16 semifinalists, well off the pace needed to advance to Friday’s final. And with that, Franklin’s Rio Olympics have come to an end.
That leaves Maya DiRado as the lone American in the final, with Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu posting the best time of the semifinal heats by finishing in 2:06.03. Canada’s Hilary Caldwell posted the second-best time, finishing in 2:07.17.
DiRado finished her heat in 2:07.53, which ranks her third among the eight qualifiers for the final.