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2012 London Olympics Swimming Results: Kathleen Hersey Finishes Fourth In 200M Butterfly

The Americans failed to medal in the women's 200m butterfly at the 2012 Olympic Games. Jiao Liuyang added to China's gold medal count by winning the race with a 2:04.06 time. Kathleen Hersey was the United States' top swimmer in the race, finishing in fourth place with a 2:05.78 time. Hersey, who grew up in Atlanta, finished three tenths of a second behind Natsumi Hoshi -- who won the bronze medal for Japan.

Spain's Mireia Belmonte Garcia won the silver medal, finishing 1.19 seconds behind Liuyang with a time of 2:05.25.

Hersey will undoubtedly feel disappointed finishing fourth, as she had the best time in the competition's seminal, with a time of 2:05.90. Despite the fact that she bested that time, she still finished in fourth place. Such is life at the Olympic Games.

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