The Day 2 swimming prelims in London were much less dramatic than opening day. No DQs that were later reinstated, no icons barely making the finals and Ryan Lochte rockin’ it in the 200 free prelims after celebrating his 400 individual medley gold medal with family until 2 a.m. More about the ultimate bro in a moment.
Missy Franklin – after helping the U.S. women’s 400 free relay team earn a bronze medal on Saturday – swam her first individual event and qualified second for the semifinals in the 100 backstroke. Touching at 59.37, only Emily Seebohm was faster than Franklin heading into the semifinals that begin at 1:30 p.m. Omaha time.
Matt Grevers and Nick Thoman of the U.S. were 1-3 in qualifying for the semifinals in the 100 backstroke. Grevers finished in 52.92 and Thoman in 53.48 heading into this afternoon’s semifinals.
Breaststroke star Rebecca Soni also was No. 2 in the prelims in the 100 breaststroke at 1:05.75. Olympic Trials winning Breeja Larson advance to the semis by finishing fourth in 1:06.58.
In a battle of Saturday’s two gold medalists, Lochte qualified second in the 200 free in 1:46.45. Sun Yang of China, who won the 400 freestyle, led the 200 prelims in 1:46.24. Park Tae-Hwan also moved on after winning silver in the 400 free Saturday.
Park was reinstated for the finals after FINA officials reviewed video of the start of his prelim race. He had been disqualified for a false start, but the tapes showed no one was moving.