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Franklin sets world record to win 200 back

  • Missy Franklin starts the women's 200-meter backstroke final Friday at the London Olympics. Franklin won the gold medal in the event.

    Associated Press

    Missy Franklin starts the women's 200-meter backstroke final Friday at the London Olympics. Franklin won the gold medal in the event.

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  • Missy Franklin starts the women's 200-meter backstroke final Friday at the London Olympics. Franklin won the gold medal in the event.

    Associated Press

    Missy Franklin starts the women's 200-meter backstroke final Friday at the London Olympics. Franklin won the gold medal in the event.

LONDON -- American teenager Missy Franklin set a world record in the 200 backstroke Friday for her third gold and fourth medal overall at the London Olympics.
Franklin clocked 2 minutes, 4.06 seconds, 0.75 quicker than the mark set by Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe at the 2009 world championships in Rome in a now-banned bodysuit.
It was the seventh world record of the games.
Anastasia Zueva of Russia touched in 2:05.92 to take the silver medal and Elizabeth Beisel of the United States finished in 2:06.55 to take bronze.
Story tags » Summer OlympicsOlympic Swimming and Diving

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