The London Olympics produced several memorable moments at the pool. The U.S. swim team produced lasting moments on nearly every night of the competition. Listed below are the five greatest individual races from the swimming competition in London.
Missy Franklin in women's 100 backstrokeMissy Franklin had many memorable races in London. The most impressive race may be her 100 meter backstroke since she had such a short break in between this race and her 200 freestyle qualifying race just 15 minutes before. The double appeared very difficult, but Franklin pulled it out and won her first individual gold in this event.
Rebecca Soni in women's 200 breaststrokeSoni makes the list by breaking the world record twice in the event. After first breaking the record in the semifinals, Soni was even better in the finals as she cruised to victory. Soni became the first woman to go under two minutes and twenty seconds in the race and left her mark on her signature race.
Nathan Adrian in men's 100 freestyleAdrian produced the closest race of the entire swimming competition when he pulled out the race by one one-hundredth of a second. Adrian won one of the most difficult races against strong competition by the smallest margin possible. Adrian's race here and later closing out the men's medley relay make him one of the biggest stars of U.S. swimming leaving London.
Michael Phelps in men's 200 I.M.This was the race where Michael finally broke through and won his first individual gold medal in London. Defeating Ryan Lochte and winning gold was an impressive performance here. Phelps looked strong in the water and was very reminiscent of the swimmer everyone remembers. This event marked the turnaround for Phelps in the pool. After a slow start, Michael closed out his final competition with four straight gold medals. This race also made Michael the first male swimmer to win an individual event at three straight Olympic competitions.
Missy Franklin in women's 200 backstrokeFranklin's 200 backstroke was one of the most dominating performances in the pool. She pulled out ahead early and dominated the race. Franklin also took down the world record in the process. It was very impressive to see Franklin dominate the competition in her greatest race.
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Kyle Rapoza is a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network and grew up both competing and coaching in the sport of swimming.