RIO 2016: Larkin, Seebohm miss out on medals

HIGH-profile swimming couple Emily Seebohm and Mitch Larkin were hoping to bring home double gold in the pool today.

But the pair has bombed, failing to claim a medal from their individual 100m backstroke finals after each led at the turn in Rio.

Hungary's Katinka Hosszu won the gold medal in the women's 100m with a time of 58.45sec.

She just beat out the American Kathleen Baker, who finished in 58.75sec to take the silver.

Canada's Kylie Masse and China's Fu Yuanhui were one hundredth of a second behind Baker at 58.76sec to split the bronze medal.

Baker was not considered a favourite entering Rio, but had consistently outpaced the competition early on.

She finished first in both the preliminary heats and semi-finals with the exact same time of 58.84 seconds.

Seebohm was considered one of the favourites for the event.

She won gold at the 2015 world championships after earning a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics in London. But she struggled in the semi-finals, though, finishing seventh, and ended up seventh in the final.

Fellow Aussie Madison Wilson also started brightly but faded on the second lap to finish eighth.

In the men's 100m, world champion Larkin made a disappointing start, with a slow reaction speed, but would ultimately touch in first place at the 50m mark.

American David Plummer moved strongly off the turn, but it was his fast-finishing compatriot Ryan Murphy who powered home to claim gold ahead of China's Jiayu Xu.

As Larkin faded, Plummer got the touch, edging the Australian by 0.03 for the bronze.



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