At the London 2012 Olympic swimming finals yesterday evening, USA took 1 and 2 in the men’s 100 backstroke, Matt Grevers way ahead cloking a new Olympic Record of 52.16, Nick Thoman 2nd in 52.92 and Japan’s Ryosuke Irie 3rd in 52.97. Lithuania’s 15-year-old Ruta Meilutyte charged ahead and held on to a 1:05.47 gold medal in the women’s 100 breaststroke, Rebecca Soni (USA) 2nd in 1:05.55 and Satomi Suzuki (JPN) 3rd in 1:06.46. Missy Franklin beat Australia’s Emily Seebohm in the women’s 100 backstroke, 58.33 to 55.68 where Seebohm’s Olympic Record from the day before was and is 58.23. Yannick Agnel (FRA) blazed the men’s 200 freestyle to a 1:43.14 win, Tae-hwan Park (KOR) and Sun Yang (CHN) both taking silver in 1:44.93. Australia’s Bronte Barratt clocked 1:56.08 and best time in the women’s 200 freestyle semi-final, Takeshi Matsuda (JPN) 1:54.25 and fastest in the men’s 200 butterfly, while China’s youngster Shiwen Ye clocked a new Olympic Record of 2:08.39 in the women’s 200 IM.
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