Team USA Olympics: Missy Franklin Fails To Recreate London Magic

Team USA Olympics: Missy Franklin Fails To Recreate London Magic
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Missy Franklin, the star of the 2012 London Olympics, failed to advance in the 200-meter freestyle after finishing tied for 13th place at the Olympics Aquatics Stadium on Monday.


Franklin was eliminated from the eight-woman final with time of 1:57:56 in the semifinal round. It was a shocking performance by Franklin, who was four-tenths of a second slower than the lap registered in the preliminary round.

Franklin, who currently holds the world record for the 200-meter backstroke, won a total of five medals including four gold medals, as a 17-year-old teenager in London four years ago. She holds several other world records including the 4×100 meter medal relay for both short and long course.

“It wasn’t there, but I did the best that I could,” Franklin said after her disappointing performance. “I still have the 200 back (Thursday), so I need to keep my head up and keep doing what I can every day to make sure I’m the best I can be right now.”

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A week ago, the 21-year-old sensation proclaimed that she was in the best shape of her life and eager to bring home a bunch of medals. This, despite her inability to qualify in the 100-meter backstroke event at the U.S. Olympic trials.

Missy Franklin having a torrid year

Despite a torrid year that has seen her qualify in only two of her four individual events, Franklin is hoping to bounce back soon. “Exactly that, you just put it behind you. I’ll talk to my coaches and see what happened.

“I felt like I tried a lot harder than this morning, so to go slower is one of those things that I’ve been trying to wrap my mind around this year, what’s been going on. I haven’t been able to figure it out,” Franklin added.

There is still hope for Missy Franklin, who will compete in her signature 200-meter backstroke (Heats) event on Thursday. She is also to participate in the 800-meter freestyle relay later this week.

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