Seebohm sets off fireworks in 100m back heats

Australian Emily Seebohm flirted with a world record and upstaged US starlet Missy Franklin Sunday as she powered into the women’s 100m backstroke semi-finals in an Olympic record 58.23sec. Australian Emily Seebohm flirted with a world record and upstaged US starlet Missy Franklin Sunday as she powered into the women’s 100m backstroke semi-finals in an Olympic record 58.23sec.

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Published: Sun 29 Jul 2012, 5:32 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 2:17 PM

“I saw that I was ahead of the world record at the 50 split and I was just like, ‘Don’t get over your head, just keep going and just go as hard as you can,’” said Seebohm, whose time was the third-fastest in history.

“I’ve trained very hard since coming back from last year and coming over all the disappointments I had last year,” added Seebohm, who followed up Olympic relay gold in Beijing with eight medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games but battled through illness last year.

The top 10 swimmers into the semi-finals dipped under the one-minute mark, proving that plenty of excitement remains in the event even in the absence of US veteran Natalie Coughlin — the first woman to break a minute and winner of the past two Olympic gold medals.

Seebohm sounded an ominous note for her rivals, indicating that Briton Gemma Spofforth’s bodysuit-era world record of 58.12 could even be in jeopardy.



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