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Who can rival Missy Franklin?

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Missy Franklin became just the second U.S. woman to earn four gold medals in a single Olympic Games, as part of her five-medal haul from London. Now more mature – but still her same bubbly self – Franklin looks to race only two of the same individual events on her plate from London: the 200m freestyle and the 200m backstroke.

She could potentially compete in some relays, at the coaches’ discretion. She is expected to be on the 4x200m freestyle relay, as she’s already racing it individually. She won 2015 World gold in that relay alongside Leah Smith, Katie McLaughlin and Katie Ledecky. She was on the 4x100m freestyle and medley relays in London too, but she likely wasn’t fast enough at Trials to grab a spot on those relays in Rio.

Let’s examine where Franklin stands in each individual event as she looks to defend her 200m backstroke gold and earn a spot on the podium in the 200m freestyle.

200m freestyle

Franklin’s Olympic history in the event: Franklin missed the podium by 0.01 and finished in fourth place at the 2012 Olympics, racing to one minute, 55.82 seconds. U.S. teammate Allison Schmitt clocked 1:53.61, claiming the gold medal.

2015 World Championships: Franklin finished third in the 200m freestyle at Worlds in 2015 with a time of 1:55.49. U.S. teammate Katie Ledecky and world record holder Federica Pellegrini of Italy finished first and second, respectively. Also noteworthy: Franklin won the 200m freestyle world title in 2013 with a time of 1:54.81.

World record: Pellegrini, 1:52.98, set at the 2009 World Championships

2016 top times: Ledecky leads the field with the fastest time in the world for 2016, a 1:54.43 she posted at the Arena Pro Swim series stop in Austin, Texas in January. Pellegrini posted 1:54.55 at a competition in Rome in June and Australia’s Emma McKeon rounds out the top three with 1:54.83. Franklin’s fastest time this year, the 1:56.18 she posted at U.S. Trials, ranks her No. 11 worldwide.

200m backstroke

Franklin’s Olympic history in the event: Franklin struck gold in world record time in the 200m backstroke at the 2012 London Olympics. U.S. teammate Elizabeth Beisel joined Franklin on the podium with a bronze.

2015 World Championships: Franklin claimed a silver medal at Worlds in 2015, racing to 2:06.34 behind Australian rival Emily Seebohm’s 2:05.81 that earned gold. Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, known as the “Iron Lady,” captured a bronze with 2:06.84. Also noteworthy: Franklin won the 200m backstroke world title in 2013 with a time of 2:04.76. She claimed the 2011 world title in the event with a time of 2:05.10.

World record: Franklin, 2:04.06, set at the 2012 London Olympics

2016 top times: Australia’s Belinda Hocking owns the top time in the world for 2016 with 2:06.49, followed by 2015 world champion and Aussie teammate Seebohm with 2:06.59. Hosszu sits in third with her 2:06.88. Making her Olympic debut in Rio is Maya DiRado, ranked fourth in the world with her time of 2:06.90 from Trials. Franklin’s Trials time, a 2:07.89, ranks her ninth in the world.

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