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Franklin Sets World Record to Win 200M Backstroke

By Associated Press | Aug. 03, 2012, 2:48 p.m. (ET)

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Missy Franklin celebrates winning the Women's 200M Backstroke on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games

LONDON -- 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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