Lisa Bratton’s Last 100 Carries Her To Gold In The 200 Backstroke (Race Video)


As reported by SwimSwam Contributor Robert Gibbs:


After getting shut out the first three finals of the evening, Team USA got back to their gold medal winning ways.  Yes, I typed that sentence before the event began.  Apparently I had more confidence in Lisa Bratton than did the commentators, who seemed concerned when she turned fourth at the 100 mark.  But, Bratton had the fastest splits on both the third and fourth 50s, the fourth being 1.5 seconds faster than anyone else in the field, and won by a second in 2:09.31, her new personal best by over a second, as well as time that puts her in the top ten in the world for 2015.

Simona Baumrtova of Bulgaria was in second place for most of the race, and did indeed touch second behind Bratton, recording a time of 2:10.53.  Japan’s Yuka Kawayoke and Melanie Klaren were tied at the 150 mark, but it was the Japanese swimmer who pulled away in the last 50 to earn bronze, 2:11.60 to 2:12.

Canada’s Barbara Rojas-Jardin placed fifth with 2:13.16.  Miki Takahasi of Japan just touched out France’s Camille Gheorghiu, 2:13.62 to 2:13.63.  Eighth place was Russia’s Alexandra Papushua (2:14.29).

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The writer formerly known as "Troy Gennaro", better known as Tony Carroll, has been working with SwimSwam since April of 2013. Tony grew up in northern Indiana and started swimming in 2003 when his dad forced him to join the local swim team. Reluctantly, he joined on the condition that …

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