Missy The Missile Fends off ‘Fede’ In 200 Free: 1:54.81

All smiles from Missy Franklin, right, and Federica Pellegrini in Barcelona 2013 after a stellar 200m final [photo: Aniko Kovacs]

A hard-charging Federica Pellegrini of Italy made a run at Missy Franklin, but the American held on to win the 200 freestyle in 1:54.81, erasing the disappointment of just missing the Olympic podium last summer.

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A hard-charging Federica Pellegrini of Italy made a run at Missy Franklin, but the American held on to win the 200 freestyle in 1:54.81, erasing the disappointment of just missing the Olympic podium last summer.

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SwimFanFinland

Congratulations to Missy for her bold attack; it was risky but paid off.

So Muffat admitted that she isn’t pleased with the outcome, at least not yet. It’s understandable. I hope she overcomes this quicly and just have fun over the coming days. Mid-distances need Muffat and her marvellous freestyle just like they need Pellegrini and her speedy last 50’s. Pellegrini’s way adds excitement.

I’d love to see Muffat behind the blocks of the Women’s 800m freestyle as, if there are no scratches, it’s bulging with capable names: Belmonte-Garcia, Ledecky, Friis, Carlin, Boyle, Muffat etc. Anything can happen. If we saw a fantastic 1500m, all the ingredients of a thriller in 800m are standing by.

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