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2012 London Olympics: Missy Franklin Advances To Finals In 100m Backstroke

Colorado's Missy Franklin will compete for a gold medal in the women's 100 meter backstroke finals on Monday night. After winning her heat and placing the second-best time in the preliminaries earlier on Sunday, Franklin went on to win her heat in the semifinals with a finish time of 59.12, besting Japan's Aya Terakawa by 0.22 seconds.

Australia's Emily Seebohm won her heat and posted the best time at 58.39 seconds. In the prelims, she had set a new Olympic record at 58.23. China's Jing Zhao placed second in that heat with a time of 59.55 seconds.

The women's 100 meter backstroke final will take place on Monday afternoon at 12:51 p.m. MT. Franklin will compete for her second medal in the Summer Games so far, having won bronze in the 4x100 meter freestyle relay on Saturday.

Keep up with the medal count at Sports Illustrated.

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