There would be no match of Kristin Otto’s record tally of four gold medals: Katinka Hosszu finally succumbed. Was it world champion Emily Seebohm who stopped her? Perhaps 2012 Olympic champion Missy Franklin? No – she didn’t make it to the final either. Try Maya DiRado, who will leave these Games, apparently for a life beyond swimming at 23 to take up a job in management consultancy, with one prize of each colour: gold in the 200m backstroke on 2:05.99; silver in the 400m medley; and bronze in the 200m medley. Hosszu clocked 2:06.05, almost a match in each round without any requirement to qualify at that pace, the bronze to Canada’s Hilary Caldwell claimed bronze in 2:07.54.
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