Franklin sets world record to win 200 back

Franklin sets world record to win 200 back

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03: Missy Franklin celebrates winning the Women's 200m Backstroke Final with team mate Elizabeth Beisel on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 3, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 3, 2012 at 2:53 PM

LONDON (AP) -- 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.

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