Americans DiRado, Margalis qualify for 200 IM final
The eight spots for Tuesday’s women’s 200 meter individual medley final were determined Monday night, and two Americans will be part of the eight-swimmer field.
Maya DiRado, who won a silver medal in the 400 meter IM, finished third among qualifiers with a time of 2:08.91. She’ll be joined in the final by Melanie Margalis, whose time of 2:10.10 placed her fifth in the field. Posting the best qualifying time was Great Britain’s Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, who finished her semifinal heat with a time of 2:07.57.
Also reaching the final was Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, who will be the second seed with a time of 2:08.13. Hosszu has already won two gold medals in these Olympics, in the 400 meter IM and the 100 meter backstroke. Hosszu established a new Olympic record in the first round of qualifying, with a time of 2:07.45.