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Maya DiRado downs defending gold medalist Missy Franklin in the 200-meter back stroke finale

Missy Franklin qualifies for second race in Rio
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Posted at 8:31 PM, Jul 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-02 22:31:06-04
Maya DiRado clinched her third individual event of the Rio Olympics with a victory in the 200-meter backstroke at the U.S. swimming trials, beating defending gold medalist Missy Franklin.
 
Franklin held on for the runner-up spot, good enough to ensure she'll at least get a chance to go for another gold next month.
 
DiRado has been a breakout star of the trials, following up her victories in the 200 and 400 individual medley with another dominating win in the backstroke. She touched in 2 minutes, 6.90 seconds -- nearly a body length ahead of Franklin, who finished at 2:07.89 and held off Lisa Bratton by 31-hundredths of a second.
 
Franklin claimed her second individual event in Rio, having also taken the second spot in the 200 freestyle. She'll also swim the 4x200 free relay, a far cry from her grueling seven-event program at London four years ago.