I think it’s fair to say that United States swimmer Missy Franklin knows how to rise to the occasion in big moments. The 18-year-old dominated the 2013 World Aquatics Championships and walked away with a record six gold medals. She’ll now fly home from Spain (which hosted the world championships) and head off to college at Cal. That’s quite a final summer after high school.
Franklin won her sixth gold Sunday night as the leadoff leg for the Americans in the 400-meter medley relay. She gave the U.S. a lead with her backstroke, then teammates Jessica Hardy, Dana Vollmer and Megan Romano wrapped things up. The U.S. won by nearly two seconds.
Franklin also won gold in the 200-meter freestyle, the 100- and 200-meter backstroke, then the 400- and 800-meter freestyle relays. All told she left with three individual and three relay golds.
The previous female record for golds at a world championships was five, shared by both Tracy Caulkins (in 1978) and Libby Trickett (2007).
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