Missy Franklin showed the world what kind of shape she’s in tonight at the 2015 Duel in the Pool with a dominating performance which resulted in a new US Open record.
Franklin stepped up the blocks in order to race Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu in the 200m freestyle for her first race of the evening, gearing up to beat the all around ace swimmer.
After 50 meters Hosszu took the lead turning in 26.41 to Franklin’s 26.54, but Franklin quickly overtook her heading into the halfway point. With a 28.44 second 50 split Franklin hit the wall at 54.98 in first, and never looked back.
At the 150 Franklin extended the lead over Hosszu and managed to hold on over the last 50 in order to take home the win in a new US Open record of 1:52.74. That time for Missy was a staple win for team USA and brought her within two seconds of Sarah Sjostrom’s world record of 1:50.78 that she set in Doha, Qatar last year.
The time for Missy ranks her as the 10th fastest performer ever in the event and the second fastest American behind only Allison Schmitt.
Franklin’s swift time also ranks her fifth in the world this season in the short course 200m freestyle.