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Missy Franklin Dominates at the World Swimming Championships.

Missy Franklin Dominates at the World Swimming Championships.

2013, Barcelona, Spain, FINA World Championship, Swimming Championship, In the Women’s 200m Back Stroke, Missy Franklin (USA) 2:04.76, the world record holder wins again (2011, 2013), it’s her fifth gold medal of the championships, tying the recond with one more race to swim for a record six.

Missy Franklin took the lead from the start of the women’s 200m backstroke and cruised to the meet record, finishing almost two body-lengths ahead silver medalist Belinda Hocking of Australia, who touched in 2:06.66. Hilary Caldwell of Canada won bronze in 2:06.80. Franklin’s teammate, Elizabeth Pelton, was fifth in 2:08.98.

Franklin’s time Saturday was seven-tenths off the world record she set in the 200m back last year in London. She has now won this event at back-to-back World Championships and is the top-ranked swimmer in the world in the 200m back for the third straight year.

“The 200 back is my favorite race, but it’s probably the most painful,” Franklin said. “I enjoy it, but it hurts a lot. I tried to swim a smart race and stick to my race plan. I’m really happy with a 2:04. It’s right where I was in London. I haven’t been there all season, so to be a 2:04 again, I’m really, really happy.”

It was the fifth gold medal of the meet for Franklin, who also took first in the in the 100m back, 200m free, 400m free relay and 800m free relay. She’s swum six finals so far, and is expected to cap the meet with the finals of the 400m medley relay on Sunday.

“It’s nice to end my individual races on that note, and then end the meet tomorrow hopefully on a great note,” Franklin said. “It’s incredible. I never could have imagined this (performance) coming into this meet. It’s nice knowing that after London I was still able to motivate myself, and that all the work I put in this past year has been worth it.

BARCELONA – Missy Franklin won her third gold medal of the meet Wednesday at the 15th FINA World Championships, finishing atop the field in the women’s 200m freestyle in 1:54.81.

Franklin and France’s Camille Muffat jumped out to a quick lead in the women’s 200m freestyle, with Muffat holding a slight lead over Franklin at the first turn. Franklin took the lead at the 100-meter mark and looked poised to walk away with the race as the field approached the final wall.

Italy’s Federica Pellegrini made a move in the final 50 meters, but Franklin was able to hold her off down the homestretch for gold. Pellegrini took silver in 1:55.14, while Muffat won bronze in 1:55.72. American Shannon Vreeland finished seventh in 1:57.41.

“I knew (Pellegrini) was going to have a really strong second 100, so I tried to take it out with Muffat and stay ahead of Pellegrini in the second 100,” Franklin said. “I’m really, really happy with my swim there. You kind of use each swim to motivate the next one. That’s a best time for me. I told myself if I go a 1:54, I would be the happiest girl alive, so I’m happy with the 1:54, and it happened to be a gold medal, too, which I’m thrilled about.”

Franklin also won gold in the 400m free relay on the first night of competition and the 100m back Tuesday. She scratched from the semifinals of the 50m back after this morning’s prelims and has four events remaining – the 100 free, the 200 back, the 400 medley relay and the 800 free relay.

“If I had made finals (in the 50m back), it would have also been before the relay tomorrow night,” Franklin said. “So with it being right before this and right before the relay, we decided the risks outweighed the rewards for that race. It was fun to swim it this morning, but I think I’m happy with the decision to scratch.”

2013, Barcelona, Spain, FINA Swimming World Championships, Missy Franklin picked up her 2nd gold medal at this year’s championships finishing the backstroke with a time of 58.42. Her time was the best time this year and the 6th fastest time in history.

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