Teenage US swimming star Missy Franklin has claimed her second gold at the swimming world championships in Barcelona with victory in the women’s 100m backstroke.
In a commanding performance, Franklin clocked 58.42secs in the final, just missing out on the four-year-old world record, with Australia’s Emily Seebohm 0.64sec adrift and Japan’s Aya Terekawa touching the wall 0.81sec behind.
Minutes after receiving her backstroke gold, 18-year-old Franklin finished second fastest in the 200m freestyle semi-finals to qualify for Wednesday’s final.
After victory with the USA team in Sunday’s 4x100m freestyle relay final, this was Franklin’s second gold medal of the eight world titles she is bidding for at the eight-day world championships, which finish on Sunday.
The backstroke medal placings in Barcelona were an exact repeat of those at the 2012 London Olympic final, something not lost on Franklin.
“It feels awesome. Emily, Aya and I were on the podium together last year so to be on the podium again is great,” said Franklin.
“I was really happy with my start.
“It felt as hard as it always does at the end, but I just kept pushing, I knew it was going to be tough and it was right near my best time so I’m really happy.”
Seebohm collected her second silver at Barcelona, after second in Sunday’s freestyle relay, admitted she had wanted to go faster.
“I would like to have gone sub 59 secs but it was not what I got and it is obviously going to motivate me to train harder,” said the 21-year-old.
“I know what I want and I have just got to keep improving bit by bit.”Posted on