Missy Franklin ties mark with fifth gold in Barcelona worlds

Aug. 3, 2013 at 6:58 PM
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BARCELONA, Spain, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- American Missy Franklin captured her fifth gold medal in the 2013 World Swimming Championships Saturday, taking the 200-meter backstroke.

Franklin, who already holds the world record in the event, logged a time of 2 minutes, 4.76 seconds, joining fellow American Tracy Caulkins and Australian Libby Trickett for the most golds won by a woman at a single worlds.

The 18-year-old's latest medal came four days after smashing the previous world record in the 1,500- meter freestyle.

Claiming silver in the 200-meter backstroke was Australian Belinda Hocking, while Canada's Hilary Caldwell took the bronze.

Meanwhile, 16-year-old American Katie Ledecky -- who broke the previous world record in the 1,500-meter freestyle Tuesday -- set another standard Saturday.

Ledecky won gold in the 800-meter freestyle with a world-record time of 8 minutes, 13.86 seconds, finishing 2.46 seconds ahead of Denmark's Lotte Friis.

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