One day after earning the Silver in Women’s 4x100 Free Relay, Dana Vollmer adds to her 2016 Rio haul with a Bronze from the 100 Fly. Vollmer swam a time of 56.63s. She was trying to become the first person to repeat as Gold medalist in the 100 Fly.
.@danavollmer wins the #bronze medal in the 100m fly with a time of 56.63! Way to go, Dana! #CalBearsInRio #swimming pic.twitter.com/Yue2Pj9ING— Cal Bears (@CalAthletics) August 8, 2016
The 2012 London Gold medalist faced a very tough challenge from Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom. Vollmer won London when she set a new Olympic and World Record. Since then, Sjostrom has broken Vollmer’s world record. In the semifinal on Saturday night, Vollmer’s Olympic fell to Sjostrom as well. Dana Vollmer has said that trying to reclaim the world record has been her mission since her maternity leave. No American swimmer has won an individual Gold medal after giving birth.
Sjostrom set a new World Record with a time of 55.48. Penny Oleksiak of Canada won the Silver.
Despite not winning the Gold, Dana Vollmer was very pleased with earning another medal.
“I touched the wall & I was like, please let it be a medal.”-@danavollmer #MommaOnAMissionhttps://t.co/dbahUVvoxF pic.twitter.com/jFwSMnkAh6— U.S. Olympic Team (@TeamUSA) August 8, 2016
With 4 Gold medals already coming into Rio 2016, Vollmer now has 6 medals. She has said that the medals from this game will be special as they are the first ones since she gave birth about an year ago.
Vollmer should get another shot at a medal in the Women’s 4x100 Medley Relay, when she will swim the Butterfly leg of the relay.
For now, congratulations again to the CGB Hall of Famer, Dana Vollmer in adding to her illustrious Olympic career.
Calympians Medal Count:
2 Silvers, 1 Bronze
Dana Vollmer (USA) - Silver from Women’s 4x100 Free Relay, Bronze from Women’s 100 Fly
Abbey Weitzeil (USA) - Silver from Women’s 4x100 Free Relay