Rebecca Soni Wins Silver Medal in 2012 London Olympics

The Freehold native also won three medals at the Beijing Olympics.

Twenty-five-year-old Rebecca Soni is taking home a silver medal from the 2012 London Olympics in the 100-meter breaststroke.

Born in Freehold and later moved to Plainsboro, Soni graduated West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North in 2005 and now calls Manhattan Beach, Ca. home, according to her website. She qualified for the 100-meter breaststroke finals with the time of 1:05.98 on Sunday.

Soni came in with the time of 1:05.55, falling .08 seconds behind Lithuania’s 15-year-old Ruta Meilutyte who took the gold with a time of 1:05.47.

At start of the race it appeared there was a malfunction with the starting gun, but noone was disqualified. 

Later this week Soni will compete in heats for the 200-meter breaststroke and the 4x100 medley relay.

Four years ago Soni took home the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics for the 200-meter breaststroke, and two silver medals in the 100-meter breaststroke and 4x100-meter medley relay.

“Right now, I’m not focusing on the medals or winning every event, I can’t get too wrapped up in all that. I’m trying to approach it like it’s just another meet,” Soni told the Star-Ledger.

In 2008, Soni set a world Record in the 200-meter breaststroke at the Beijing Olympics.


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