Olympics swimming: Missy Franklin wins 200m backstroke

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Missy Franklin wins gold in 200m backstroke

American Missy Franklin set a new world record as she won gold in the women's 200m backstroke.

The United States 17-year-old broke the mark to win in two minutes 4.06 seconds to clinch her third gold of the Games and cement her growing status as a swimming superstar.

Russia's Anastasia Zueva was second with American Elizabeth Beisel third, while Britain's Lizzie Simmonds was fourth.

"I'm so happy," said a joyous Franklin.

"I've been dreaming about this moment my whole life.

"I've been working so hard on my back stroke, it's been huge in practice, and I'm so happy I could come out here and get the results that I did.

"I dedicate every single thing I've done here to my home town. I've had so many supportive tweets and facebook messages saying I've brought a smile to Colorado and it means the world to me."

World champion Franklin has now won gold in the women's 100m and 200m backstroke as well as the 4x200m relay. She has also won bronze in the 4x100m relay.

Final Results

Final results by Athlete
Rank Athlete Country Medal moment Result
1 Franklin USA 2:04.06 WR
2 Zueva RUS 2:05.92
3 Beisel USA 2:06.55