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Rio Olympics: Maya DiRado upsets Katinka Hosszu for gold in 200 backstroke

Madeline DiRado (R) of the United States celebrates

Madeline DiRado (R) of the United States celebrates winning gold in the Women's 200m Backstroke Final on Day 7 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Credit: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

RIO DE JANEIRO — Maya DiRado of the United States has denied Katinka Hosszu’s bid to become a four-time gold medalist at the Rio Olympics.

Hosszu got off to a blistering start and led almost the entire race. But DiRado rallied furiously on the final lap and got Hosszu at the touch to win in the 200-meter backstroke 2 minutes, 5.99 seconds.

Hosszu settles for silver in 2:06.05, while Canada’s Hilary Caldwell took the bronze in 2:07.54.

DiRado couldn’t believe what she had done in her one and only Olympics. She put her hands on her cap in disbelief when she saw he name on top of the scoreboard.


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