Maya DiRado upsets Katinka Hosszu for 200m backstroke gold

DiRado upsets Hosszu for 200m backstroke gold

Maya DiRado

Maya DiRado won her first individual gold medal of the Rio Olympics, upsetting heavy favorite Katinka Hosszu of Hungary.

DiRado, making her Olympic debut in Rio with Team USA, won a bronze and a silver medal behind DiRado earlier this week in each of the individual medleys.

DiRado raced to two minutes, 5.99 seconds, out-touching Hosszu by 0.06 seconds. Hosszu, known as the Iron Lady, added the only silver to her collection of three Rio gold medals. Canada’s Hilary Caldwell took the bronze with a time of 2:07.54 seconds.

Missy Franklin, who set a world record on her way to winning gold in this event in 2012, did not qualify for the final. Neither did 2015 world champion Emily Seebohm.

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