Swimmer: Twitter Cost Me Gold

Australian swimmer blames her obsession with tweeting for failed gold.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

20-year-old Australian swimmer Emily Seebohm settled for an Olympic silver in the 100 meters backstroke and her pain was evident.

Seebohm entered the race as the favourite after nailing an Olympic record during the Saturday heats, but fell off badly after being under world record pace halfway towards the gold medal, trumped by American teenager Missy Franklin over the final 10 meters.

Lucky to be able to race at all after suffering serious illnesses in 2011, Seebohm said she had been up too late the night before on Twitter and Facebook.

"I don't know, I just felt like I didn't really get off [social media] and get into my own mind. I obviously need to sign out of Twitter and log out of Facebook a lot sooner than I did," she said.

The 17-year-old Franklin took out the gold with a time of 58.33 seconds, .35 ahead of the Australian.

 Very emotional afterwards, compared the loss to the disappointment she experienced in Beijing in 2008 where she missed came up one spot short of a finals appearance.

"I'm really happy, not that you call tell, that I got silver," said a crying Seebohm.

Seebohm said she tired herself out over the day of the final by stressing about the race.

Her Olympic record of 58.23 set on Saturday eclipsed the previous record of 58.77 set by Kirsty Coventry in Beijing.

Amazingly enough, Seebohm seemed to have forgiven Twitter later that night and got back on the social networking giant to announce she was proud of her silver.