Best Record Breaking Performance Swammy Award Winner: Missy Franklin

  19 Garrett McCaffrey | 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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If Ledecky had broken the world record she would have been the obvious choice

How to compare so fantastic world records? They are all impressive. And for me there were also incredible performances without world records like Katie Ledecky in the 800 free or Yannick Agnel and Allison Schmitt in the 200 free.
About Missy, I believe her world record in the 200 back wasn’t surprising but after all her races it was great. And we know she’s able to swim much faster with some technical improvements, perhaps 2.02 very quickly. I wouldn’t be surprised.

I would personally go with Sun Yang on this one too… Considering the official’s cock up at the start of his race too, to hold his nerves and lower that 1500 by 3 seconds was amazing. And hands down the most amazing closing 100m in history on that 1500.


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