Emily Seebohm finished second in the 100m Backstroke at the London Olympics. Photo: Getty Images/Adam Pretty
Emily Seebohm will be out to turn the tables on her nemesis from the London Olympics when she lines up in the Women’s 100m Backstroke Final at the 2013 World Championships on Wednesday morning (AEST). American teenager Missy Franklin edged Seebohm out for gold at the Olympics twelve months ago and will be looking to do the same thing in Barcelona after qualifying fastest in a time of 59.31 seconds. The Olympic silver medallist was second fastest in the semi-finals after stopping the clock just 0.07 seconds behind her rival, while Victorian Belinda Hocking is also in the final.
Thomas Fraser-Holmes and Cameron McEvoy will contest the Men’s 200m Freestyle final after scraping into the best eight but aren’t expected to challenge Olympic champion Yannick Agnel and American superstar Ryan Lochte or fastest qualifier Danila Izotov . Ashley Delaney qualified seventh fastest for the Men’s 100m Backstroke final and is the only other Australian in finals action on a night that will see Lithuanian teenager Ruta Meilutyte try to lower the world record she set in the Women’s 100m Breaststroke semi-final a day earlier.
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