Missy Franklin, Maya DiRado into 200m backstroke semifinal

Missy Franklin

Missy Franklin, who set the world record en route to winning gold in the 200m backstroke four years ago in London, safely advanced to the 16-woman semifinals in 11th place overall after Thursday’s preliminary heats. She posted a time of two minutes, 9.26 seconds.

Katinka Hosszu of Hungary, who already owns three gold medals from this Rio Games, posted a personal best of 2:06.09 to lead the pack.

Maya DiRado, who already owns the trifecta of a gold-silver-bronze medal from these Games, stands in third place overall with her time of 2:08.60.

Australian Emily Seebohm, the 2015 world champion in the event, advanced just ahead of Franklin in 10th place with a time of 2:09.00.

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