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Missy Franklin Sets Gold Medal Record At 2013 Swimming World Championships

Posted: Aug 8, 2013 at 5:31 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

missy-franklinMissy Franklin received her record sixth gold medal at the 2013 world championships in Barcelona.

One of the biggest stars

The 18-year-old American swam the backstroke leg as the U.S. won the 400-meter medley relay on the final day of the competition.

Franklin had done better than Tracy Caulkins of the U.S. and Australia’s Libby Trickett, who both won five gold medals at a single world championship on the women’s category.

“I still can’t really believe that it happened,” Franklin said.

She improved her performance at the London Olympics, where she was one of the biggest stars with four golds and a bronze.

Franklin equals golden record

Only Michael Phelps has won more events at the championships, taking seven gold medals in 2007 in Melbourne.

Franklin also joins Michael Phelps, Mark Spitz, Ian Thorpe, and Kristin Otto as the only swimmers to get as many as six gold medals at either world championships or an Olympics.

Dubbed “Wonder Woman” by an Australian rival earlier in the championships, Franklin has lived up to the tag with other golds coming in the 400-meter freestyle relay, 100-meter backstroke, 200-meter freestyle, 4x200m freestyle relay, 200m backstroke.