2012 Olympics | July 27 - August 12
Posted: Friday August 3, 2012 2:54PM ; Updated: Friday August 3, 2012 3:19PM

Franklin sets world record in 200-meter backstroke, wins third gold

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Missy Franklin set a world record in the 200 back en route to her third London gold

Franklin finished in 2:04.06, .75 ahead of second-place finisher Kirsty Coventry

Also: American Katie Ledecky, 15, misses world record, but captures 800 gold

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Missy Franklin
Missy Franklin's world record was the seventh of the London Games.
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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.

American 15-year-old Katie Ledecky won the 800-meter freestyle at the London Olympics on Friday.

The youngest member of the U.S. swim team narrowly missed a world record in the grueling race, falling off pace on the last lap and finishing in 8 minutes, 14.63 seconds.

Mireia Belmonte Garcia of Spain touched in 8:18.76 to take the silver medal and defending champion Rebecca Adlington of host Britain finished in 8:20.32 for bronze.

Adlington set the world record of 8:14.10 at the 2008 Beijing Games.

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