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Swimming at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres Backstroke

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): London Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: July 29, 2012
Date Finished: July 30, 2012

Gold: USA Missy Franklin
Silver: AUS Emily Seebohm
Bronze: JPN Aya Terakawa


[Missy Franklin] (USA) had won the 2011 World Championships at 200 metres and the US Olympic Trials in both backstrokes, but Australian [Emily Seebohm] had been best in the preliminaries in London, setting an Olympic record of 58.23 in her heat. Franklin swam this final only 12 minutes after she left the pool from her 200 freestyle semi-final, in which she placed fourth in her heat. Because of the close time between races she was allowed to cool down in the diving warm-down pool before this final.

Seebohm led out the final, turning 0.14 seconds ahead of world record pace, but Franklin stayed close. She took the lead only a few strokes from the finish and won the gold medal in an American record 58.33, with Seebohm second. Japan's [Aya Terakawa] won the bronze in an Asian record 58.83. The final was very close with the top seven finishers within one second of each other, with Franklin's winning time ranking fourth all-time. This was Franklin's second medal of the 2012 Olympics, after the 4x100 free relay, but she would eventually win five medals and four gold medals in London.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Missy Franklin 17 United States USA Gold
2 Emily Seebohm 20 Australia AUS Silver
3 Aya Terakawa 27 Japan JPN Bronze
4 Anastasiya Zuyeva-Fesikova 22 Russia RUS
5 Gemma Spofforth 24 Great Britain GBR
6 Zhao Jing 21 China CHN
7 Belinda Hocking 21 Australia AUS
8 Fu Yuanhui 16 China CHN
9 Julia Wilkinson 25 Canada CAN
10 Simona Baumrtová 20 Czech Republic CZE
11 Rachel Bootsma 18 United States USA
12 Alexianne Castel 22 France FRA
13 Arianna Barbieri 23 Italy ITA
14 Kirsty Coventry 28 Zimbabwe ZIM
15 Georgia Davies 21 Great Britain GBR
16 Sinéad Russell 19 Canada CAN
17 Mie Ø. Nielsen 15 Denmark DEN
18T Daryna Zevina 17 Ukraine UKR
18T Duane Da Rocha 24 Spain ESP
20 Sharon van Rouwendaal 18 Netherlands NED
21 Jenny Mensing 26 Germany GER
22 Laure Manaudou 25 France FRA
23 Fernanda González 22 Mexico MEX
24 Fabíola Molina 37 Brazil BRA
25 Alicja Tchórz 19 Poland POL
26 Tao Li 22 Singapore SGP
27 Elena Gemo 25 Italy ITA
28 Carolina Colorado 24 Colombia COL
29 Kimberly Buys 23 Belgium BEL
30 Melissa Ingram 27 New Zealand NZL
31 Ekaterina Avramova 20 Bulgaria BUL
32 Eygló Ósk Gústafsdóttir 17 Iceland ISL
33 Melanie Nocher 24 Ireland IRL
34 Anja Čarman 27 Slovenia SLO
35 Therese Svendsen 23 Sweden SWE
36 Sanja Jovanović 25 Croatia CRO
37 Eszter Povázsay 21 Hungary HUN
38 Yekaterina Rudenko 17 Kazakhstan KAZ
39 Stephanie Au 20 Hong Kong HKG
40 Hazal Sarıkaya 15 Turkey TUR
41 Karen Vilorio 19 Honduras HON
42 Mònica Ramírez 18 Andorra AND
43 Inés Remersaro 19 Uruguay URU
44 Anahit Barseghyan 18 Armenia ARM
45 Angélique Trinquier 21 Monaco MON