Best Record Breaking Performance Swammy Award Winner: Missy Franklin

by Garrett McCaffrey 19

December 26th, 2012 News

The Woman: 

Missy Franklin

The Event:

200 Backstroke Final at the 2012 Olympic Games

The Moment:

In her 14th swim of the 2012 Olympic Games, Missy Franklin somehow managed to break Kirsty Coventry’s World Record by .75. Her 2:04.06 was over a second faster than her American Record of 2:05.10 set at the 2011 World Championships. The incredible part was not only the time, which blew away the previous WR, but the fact that she did it after 6 days of racing through the kind of schedule that only she, Mark Spitz, Ryan Lochte, and Michael Phelps could understand. Luckily we had an interview set up with Missy, so we could talk about the performance and let her know about her first, of what we expect to be many, Swammy Award.

Honorable Mentions:

Sun Yang of China lowered his own World Record in the 1500 by over 3 seconds with a 14:31.02. Sun’s Chinese teammate Ye Shiwen lowered the 400 IM World Record with an explosive final leg of freestyle, finishing in 4:28.43.

Then there were the two American’s:

Rebecca Soni and Dana Vollmer who both set World Records and broke through some big time barriers. Soni was the first woman under 2:20 in the 200 Breast with a 2:19.59 and Vollmer became the first female under 56.0 with a :55.98.

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What about the 2 mens breaststroke records from Gyurta and van der burgh

Missy deserves that Swawwy award all the way . Some will say : ” but it was expected ” . yeah maybe expected but after 13 swims , it deserves recognition for the performance even if it’s her speciality . Congrats Missy , more great swims are to come for 2013 Long course meets .


I agree, she should have won the Golden Goggles for this, too.

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