Franklin 1st US female to get in 7 Olympics races

By: Courtesy: Associated Press
By: Courtesy: Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Missy Franklin will become the first American
female to swim seven events at the Olympics.

The 17-year-old Franklin locked up her fourth individual event
with a dominating win in the 200-meter backstroke Sunday night at
the U.S. Olympic trials. She touched in 2 minutes, 06.12 seconds,
the fastest time in the world this year and nearly 1 1/2 seconds
ahead of runner-up Elizabeth Beisel, who secured the second spot in
London at 2:07.58.

Franklin had already earned spots in the 100 and 200 freestyle
and 100 backstroke. She's also assured of swimming on all three
relays.

The 200 back is Franklin's best event. She's the defending world
champion and heads to London as the overwhelming favorite in that
race.


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