Missy Franklin of the United States is two for two with Gold medals at the World Championships this week. She is going for her third medal in the women’s 200 freestyle tonight. Federica Pellegrini, the current World Record holder is the favorite to win the Gold medal tonight but Missy Franklin will be very competitive. She is seeded second after the semi-finals. Last night, she had a challenging double, swimming the semi-finals of the 200 freestyle after winning the Gold medal in the women’s 100 backstroke finals.
Tonight, she will need to be fully rested if she wants to beat Pellegrini. She has decided to scratch the 50m backstroke. The 50 backstroke would have been first, with only one heat of the men’s 200 butterfly before her 200 freestyle. She was seeded 13th going into the semi-finals with a time of 28.44.
Note that by combination of the qualifying rules from USA Swimming and FINA, Megan Romano would have been the only other swimmers eligible to swim this race at the World Championships had Franklin scratched the race immediately after the World Championship Trials. She is the only swimmer aside from Franklin and Bootsma who was already on the roster and had a FINA Automatic Qualifying Time during the qualifying period (she did so at the Charlotte Grand Prix).
Anni Alitalo of Finland will take Franklin’s place in the semi-final of the 50 backstroke. Alitalo tied with Ingibjorg Jonsdottir of Iceland at 28.62 for the 17th position. At this time, I am not sure how it was decided that Alitalo would get to advance to the semi-finals, but as soon as we hear back from FINA, we will update the article.