Rio 2016: DiRado upstages Hosszu for backstroke gold

Carla Harmon
August 14, 2016

The first generation Argentine American from Santa Rosa, California has already announced that these Olympics (her first) will also be her last. Perhaps fatigue from so many swims was setting in DiRado began to close the gap on the strength of a brilliant final turn.

For DiRado, who is quitting swimming at the age of 23 to take up a job in management consultancy, it was the flawless goodbye after a week in which she has now won two gold, one silver and one bronze medal.

The undoubtedly sad swimmer also ended the 2016 Olympic Games with a time that Yahoo Sports noted was "more than five seconds off her [2012] world backstroke swimming record".


Then she waited for the rest of the field to finish. The Stanford graduate had won a silver medal (in the 400 individual medley) at the 2015 world championships.

United States' Maya Dirado celebrates after winning gold in the women's 200-meter backstroke final during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It's a disappointment, but the support that I've received has shown me so much more than I could have ever expected about - you're so much more than just the number of medals, you're so much more than the time you are in a pool.

"It's indescribable. That is just pure joy and surprise and excitement", she said. They were supportive of this and, through some investigating and lots of reading and talking with mentors, I came to know and follow Christ and make my faith my own. "I wish there was an explanation".


She called it "a testament to the vision that Bruce and I had three years ago when we set these goals, and we weren't going to stop until we met them".

Franklin's Olympics will end either Thursday night or in Friday's final.

Franklin seems legitimately perplexed about her poor performances this week, and why she was not able to swim fast here in Rio.


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