Soni Claims Silver In Olympic 100m Breast
July 30, 2012
USC great Rebecca Soni, a silver medalist in the 100m breaststroke in 2008, repeated that performance Monday (July 30), finishing second in the event by 0.08 seconds to an upstart 15-year-old from Lithuania during the third day of the 2012 London Olympics.
Soni, the defending champion in the 200m breaststroke but among the favorites for gold in the 100m breast, finished in 1:05.55. In fourth halfway through the race, Soni charged over the final 50 meters but fell just short of touching the wall first as Ruta Meilutyte stopped the clock a moment sooner at 1:05.47. Japan's Satomi Suzuki won bronze in 1:06.46. The defending Olympic champion, Leisel Jones, was fifth (1:06.95) while American Breeja Larson, who bested Soni at the Olympic Trials in the race, was sixth (1:06.96).
The medal is Soni's fourth of her career. She will swim in the prelims of the 200m breast on Wednesday and will almost certainly compete in the 400m medley relay later in the week. The prelims for the relay are Friday, though she may swim in only the final on Saturday.
Soni's former teammate at USC, Katinka Hosszu from Hungary, also swam Monday night in London and qualified for her second final of the Olympics by finishing fifth in the semifinals of the 200m IM.
Fourth in 400m IM on Satuday, Hosszu won the first semifinal heat in 2:10.74 but finished fifth overall after a fast second heat placed four swimmers ahead of her.
Junior Stina Gardell, a teammate of Hosszu's the past two years, was 20th in prelims of the 200m IM in 2:14.70.
Hosszu will have a busy Tuesday, competing in the prelims and most likely the semifinals of the 200m butterfly and then the final of the 200m IM.