A tearful Emily Seebohm was proud but shattered to experience yet another agonizing close to skip immediately after taking silver in the 100m backstroke final at the London Olympics.
Seebohm was favourite for gold right after smashing the Olympic record in the heats on Sunday but she was mowed down late by teenage American star Missy Franklin in Monday night’s last.
Franklin, 17, claimed her 1st Olympic gold medal in 58.33 seconds, ahead of Seebohm (58.68) and Japan’s Aya Terakawa (58.83).
Seebohm, who led for all but the last 10m of the race, had to be consoled by an Australian official and was in tears as she fronted the media immediately after the race.
She insisted she was ultimately pleased with the outcome but couldn’t assist comparing the feeling to her Olympic debut in Beijing, exactly where she was ninth quickest in the semi-finals to just skip a spot in the final.
“I’m genuinely satisfied, not that you get in touch with inform, that I received silver,” Seebohm, 20, said.
“But I suggest my last Olympics I came ninth and ninth is like second in a way you are just so shut but you just missed it.”
Seebohm blitzed her heat by a lot more than a body length on Sunday, clocking 58.23 seconds to eclipse Kirsty Coventry’s prior Games record of 58.77 set in Beijing four many years ago.
The time would have won her the gold in the last and Seebohm was puzzled as to why her time was slower in the final.
“I have no idea. I know that I was nervous these days, so nervous that I could not even eat so I’m sure that a thing to do with,” Seebohm mentioned.
“But it’s no excuse. I just went in there and raced and I did not come out on top.
“… I do not know what was diverse from the heat to the final.
“I’m not one hundred per cent pleased with it but the end outcome, I am nonetheless pleased that I am still on the medal dais.”
Following winning eight medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Seebohm was struck down by swine flu prior to last year’s national titles and also battled two bouts of tonsillitis, bronchitis and pancreatitis ahead of placing a gallant fourth at the globe titles in Shanghai.
“It (winning silver) is definitely a excellent achievement. I just want I could have finished it off. So shut but I am often just not rather there,” she explained.
Seebohm will figure in Australia’s 4x100m medley relay crew later in the meet.