Hocking claims silver

Belinda Hocking

WANGARATTA swim queen Belinda Hocking reinforced her standing as one of the world’s best after she picked up a silver medal at the World Championships in Barcelona yesterday.

Just days after making the final of the 100m backstroke, Hocking backed up for her pet event – the 200m backstroke – and didn’t disappoint.

Hocking took on American sensation Missy Franklin and challenged the in-form superstar at every turn.

Franklin eventually broke clear to win in a time of 2:04.76 but Hocking was close behind in second, stopping the clock at 2:06.76.

Cananda’s Hilary Caldwell rounded out the podium with the bronze medal.

After the disappointment of the London Olympics, Hocking’s silver medal was a terrific result after moving back to Victoria after several years in Canberra.

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