What a difference a quad, nay a year, can make. In our series looking at the lasting impact of shiny sits, we reach women’s backstroke. In 2016, it took the 12th performance all time over 100m and 200m to claim Olympic gold – and neither of those titles went to the dominant force on the rankings, double World champion of 2015 Emily Seebohm (AUS) in the 100m and double 2012 Olympic champion Missy Franklin (USA) in the 200m. They went to two swimmers who made progress of the significant to jaw-dropping at a time when women backstrokers have made steady but sure inroads into the standards set back in 2008-09.
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