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Missy Franklin won her fifth gold medal of the world championships with an easy victory in the 200-meter backstroke Saturday.
The 18-year-old American tied the record for most golds by a woman at worlds, matching Tracy Caulkins of the U.S. and Libby Trickett of Australia.
Caulkins won her five at the 1978 meet in Berlin, while Trickett did it at her home championships in 2007 at Melbourne.
Franklin has one event remaining -- the 400 medley relay -- and a chance to join Michael Phelps, Mark Spitz and Kristin Otto as the only swimmers to win as many as six golds at worlds or the Olympics.
The winning time was 2 minutes, 4.76 seconds. Belinda Hocking of Australia took the silver, while Canada's Hilary Caldwell claimed the bronze.
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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...
Missy Franklin stands alone.
Franklin claimed her record sixth gold medal of the world championships Sunday night, swimming the leadoff leg for the Americans in the 400-meter medley relay. She gave the U.S. a slight lead, and her teammates -- Jessica Hardy, Dana Vollmer and Megan Romano -- made it look easy from there. The winning time was 3 minutes, 53.23 seconds, nearly two seconds...
Missy Franklin has given herself another chance to tie the record for the most gold medals at a world championships.
The 18-year-old American led the 200 backstroke heats Friday as she attempts to match Tracy Caulkins of the United States and Libby Trickett of Australia as the only women to win five events.
Caulkins won her five at the 1978 worlds in Berlin, while Trickett did...
Missy Franklin has lost for the time at the world swimming
championships, finish fourth in 100-meter freestyle.
The United States safely made it through both preliminaries of the 400-meter medley relay Sunday morning, giving Missy Franklin and Ryan Lochte a chance to pick up one more gold medal before they leave Barcelona.
The Americans were top qualifier in both the men's and women's events using their second-string swimmers. David Plummer, Nic Fink, Eugene Godsoe and Jimmy Feigen...