U.S. Olympic Swimmer Rebecca Soni Wins Gold, Breaks Own World Record
Thursday was not just a big day for Michael Phelps. Olympic swimmer Rebecca Soni, 25, also finished an event everyone was sure would be her specialty, the 200m breaststroke, for the second time, breaking her own world record.
"She was just so ecstatic about it," said Soni's coach, Dave Salo, about Soni's 2 min 19.59 second win, a full second faster than silver medalist Satomi Suzuki from Japan did, reports the Washington Post.
"I'm so happy," said Soni. "I didn't try to focus on medals or records, I just wanted to swim one more race the way I knew I could .... I just wanted my hand on the wall. I was scared to look. I can't believe it yet."
This particular victory is something Soni has been after for a long time. "It's been my goal since I was a little kid to swim under 2:20," she said. "When my coach told me, 'You're going to be the first woman to go under 2:20,' I've been chasing it every since.
Soni has one more chance to score gold in the women's 4x100 medley relay. She also nabbed the silver medal in the 100m breaststroke on Tuesday.
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