For a second, it looked like Stephanie Rice would finish high in the 200-meter individual medley. At the first turn, she was in the lead, and her backstroke leg is usually solid.
However, she couldn't sustain that strong start and faded dramatically in the last three legs. After Caitlin Leverenz came out strong in the breaststroke leg, Rice was in trouble.
She couldn't make up ground on Leverenz in the freestyle leg, and she ended up finishing fourth, off the medal podium. It was a disappointing result for the Australian, who was expected to win at least a bronze medal in the event.
Rice's time in the 200 IM final was 2 minutes, 9.55 seconds.