Rebecca Soni (USA) defended her Olympic title tonight in the women’s 200m Breaststroke, taking home her first gold medal of the meet and besting her semi-final world record. Soni became the first woman under 2:20 in the 200 breast, posting a 2:19.59. It was a race until the 150m mark, where Soni pulled away from the pack. The silver and bronze medal winners were also under 2:21, with Satomi Suzuki (JPN) at 2:20.72 and Yuliya Efimova (RUS) at 2:20.92, respectively.
Soni won her first Olympic gold medal in 2008 in the 200m breaststroke, where she upset Leisel Jones of Australia with a legendary final 50 metres.
Soni and Efimova both train at USC with coach Dave Salo. This is Yuliya Efimova’s first Olympic medal, while Satomi Suzuki won a bronze medal earlier in the 100m Breaststroke.
|Women’s 200m Breaststroke||50m||100m (50m)||150m (50m)||200m (50m)|
|Annamay Pierse (Rome 2009) WR||32.03||1:07.28 (35.25)||1:43.42 (36.14)||2:20.12 (36.70)|
|Rebecca Soni (London 2012 Semi-Final) WR||32.39||1:07.82 (35.43)||1:43.83 (36.01)||2:20.00 (36.17)|
|Rebecca Soni (London 2012 Final) WR||32.49||1:08.10 (35.61)||1:43.95 (35.85)||2:19.59 (35.64)|