Olympics: Franklin takes 5th in 100 freestyle, makes finals of 200 backstroke


By COURTNEY OAKES, Sports Editor
London Olympics Swimming Women

Netherlands' Ranomi Kromowidjojo, left, is embraced by United States' Missy Franklin after winning gold in the women's 100-meter freestyle swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Missy Franklin placed fifth in the finals of the women’s 100 meter freestyle Thursday in London, but set herself up for a shot at another gold the next day.

Looking to add to a medal count that already includes two golds and a bronze, Franklin posted a time of 53.64 seconds in the 100 freestyle, which put her fifth in the event won by Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands.

Kromowidjojo’s winning time was 53 seconds — establishing a new Olympic record that broke the one she set the previous day in the semifinals — putting her in front of silver medalist Aliaksandra Herasimenia of Belarus (53.38) and bronze medalist Yi Tang of China (53.44).

Just 40 minutes earlier, Franklin put herself in position for a medal in the 200 meter backstroke, as she had the second-fastest time in the semifinals behind teammate Elizabeth Beisel.

Beisel clocked a time of 2:06.18 to win her semifinal, while Franklin cruised to first in the other semi in 2:06.84. The final is scheduled for Friday at 2:30 p.m. MT.

Reach Sports Editor Courtney Oakes at sports@aurorasentinel.com or 303-750-7555

WOMEN’S 100 METER FREESTYLE

Final: 1. Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Netherlands, 53.00 seconds; 2. Aliaksandra Herasimenia, Belarus, 53.38; 3. Tang Yi, China, 53.44; 4. Melanie Schlanger, Australia, 53.47; 5. Missy Franklin, Centennial, Colo., 53.64; 6. Francesca Halsall, Britain, 53.66; 7. Jeanette Ottesen Gray, Denmark, 53.75; 8. Jessica Hardy, United States, 54.02

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