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decided yesterday to give up her bid
for eight gold medals at the world
swimming championships --- and
was immediately rewarded with her
third victory in as many races.
Franklin held off a late challenge
from Federica Pelligrini to win the
200-metrefreestyle, claiming a title
the recent high school graduate really
wanted and justifying her decision
earlier in the day to cut back on the
program in Barcelona. She also has
gold medals here from the 4x100
free relay and the 100 backstroke.
The 18-year-old American entered
eight events, giving her a chance to
match Michael Phelps as the only
swimmers to win that many events
at a major championship.
But, after a tough double on Tues-
day and a lacklustre showing in the
morning preliminaries, Franklin and
her coach, Todd Schmitz, decided to
scratch the 50 backstroke --- a non-
Olympic event that she swims mainly
for fun, though she did take bronze
at the 2011 worlds in Shanghai.
There was only a 20-minute break
between the semifinals of the 50 back
and the final of the 200 free, and
the latter was much more important
to Franklin. She just missed a medal
in that event at the London
Olympics, losing out for third by a
hundredth of a second.
"We decided that maybe the risk
kind of outdid the rewards," Franklin
said. "So we decided not to do it. It
was fun to swim it this morning but
I m really happy with the decision
to scratch and just do this."
France s Camille Muffat went out
hard, leading after the first lap and
0.75 under the world-record pace.
But Franklin edged ahead at the mid-
way point and held off hard-charging
Federica Pelligrini of the Italy, the
world-record holder, to win in 1
minute, 54.81 seconds.
Pelligrini claimed silver, 0.33
behind the winner, while Muffat set-
tled for the bronze.
Midway through the swimming
portion of the championships,
Franklin still has four events to go.
She ll be a big favorite in the 200
back, and she ll be on two more relay
teams that have a good shot at gold.
The 100 free presents her biggest
challenge, though it would be foolish
to put anything past Franklin.
She was fifth in that event at the
Olympics, but has spent the past
year working diligently to improve
her freestyle stroke.
It was a good night for South
Africa, which claimed two gold
Chad le Clos, best known for his
upset win over Phelps at the
Olympics, showed he s still the man
to beat in the 200 butterfly. He went
back and forth with Poland s Pawel
Korzeniowski before turning it on
for the final lap to win in 1:54.32.
After conceding it was a bit nerve-
racking to now be looked at as the
favorite, Le Clos hopped up on a lane
rope, splashed water and pumped
his fist. Korzeniowski held on for the
silver in 1:55.01, while China s Wu
Peng took the bronze at 1:55.09.
Cameron van der Burgh claimed
gold in the 50 breaststroke, a non-
Olympic event. He beat out Aus-
tralia s Christian Sprenger, a reversal
of their finish in the 100 breast. Giulio
Zorzi gave South Africa another
medal by taking bronze.
China s Sun Yang claimed his sec-
ond gold of the meet, turning on the
speed over the final three laps to win
the 800 freestyle going away. His
winning time was 7:41.36, adding to
his dominating victory in the 400
free. Sun was even more animated
than Le Clos, straddling the rope,
pounding his chest and pointing
toward a group of fans waving the
Michael McBroom of the U.S. took
the silver, 2.24 seconds behind Sun.
Canada s Ryan Cochrane rallied for
the bronze, edging out American
Connor Jaeger by 0.56 seconds.
Ryan Lochte bounced back from
a fourth-place showing in his first
individual event, the 200 free, moving
into the final of the 200 individual
medley as the fastest qualifier
(1:57.07). He was followed by Japan s
Kosuke Hagino and Hungary s Laszlo
BARCELONA---It s The Missile vs
The Olympic Champion.
In a rematch.
The 100-metre freestyle, swim-
ming s signature race, takes center
stage today at the world champi-
And if the results from the London
Games are any indication, it s going
to be decided by a tiny fraction of a
A year ago in the Olympic final,
Nathan Adrian edged James "The
Missile" Magnussen by 0.01 seconds
--- the smallest margin in the sport.
And the American and the Australian
were the only swimmers to break the
48-second barrier in yesterday s qual-
Magnussen led the morning heats
in 47.71, then Adrian topped the
evening semifinals in 47.95.
So who will win?
Well, let the pre-race jockeying
"The 100 freestyle is a man s man
event," Adrian said. "Anybody who
can swim it, does. So I think there s
going to be a lot of competition."
Magnussen, the defending world
"I think Nathan Adrian is still the
favorite," Magnussen said. "He s the
Olympic champion. He s the fastest
into the final. So I would keep your
eye on him.
"I m looking forward to racing
again on a big stage tomorrow night,"
the Australian added.
Magnussen was an overwhelming
favorite at the Olympics, where Adri-
an s gold came as somewhat of a sur-
prise. This time, both have pressure.
Both the Americans and the Aus-
tralians struggled in the 4x100 free
relay on the opening night of the pool
competition, when the French passed
the Americans for gold in the final
lap, leaving the US with silver and
relegating the Aussies and Magnussen
to fourth again, just like in London.
Adrian threw up on the medal
stand after swimming the leadoff leg
in the relay.
"Everybody has thrown up before,"
Adrian said. "People are making a
bigger deal out of it than necessary.
I threw up. I feel fine now."
He certainly looked fine in
Wednesday s semifinals.
"It was the same time as I went
leading off the relay," he said. "I swam
it smarter this time. My body is a
little more used to it."
Magnussen swam slower than he
did in morning heats.
"I saw the first semi and it wasn t
very fast so I thought I would just
try to go out a bit easier the first 50
and I felt like it was reasonably con-
trolled," he said.
While Adrian will be swimming
the final in lane 4, which is reserved
for the top qualifier, Magnussen will
be over in lane 6 after advancing in
only a tie for fourth with Vladimir
Morozov of Russia.
"I ve been in lane four and had
successes and failure in lane four, so
I don t think lanes really matter,"
Magnussen said. "But it will be a nice
change to mix things up a bit."
So what time will it take to win?
Adrian and Magnussen agreed on
"I don t really like to focus on times
but James is pretty consistently seven-
mid," Adrian said. "(But) maybe it
will take a seven-0, who knows?"
And who knows, maybe there will
be a surprise winner.
Adrian s American teammate
Jimmy Feigen qualified second in a
personal-best 48.07 and is looking
to bounce back after losing the lead
in the anchor leg of the relay.
"Honestly, I was a little disappoint-
ed," Feigen said. "I m happy with the
time but I really would have rather
had an effort like that in the relay.
We probably would have come out
with the first place instead of the
Having taken over Michael Phelps
spot in the relay, the 23-year-old
Feigen is learning fast, and he ll be
swimming next to Adrian in the final.
With world record holder Cesar
Cielo sitting this race out, fellow
Brazilian Marcelo Chierighini qualified
Then there s Morozov, a 21-year-
old Russian who has lived in California
since he was 14.
Morozov won gold at the recent
World University Games in Kazan,
Russia, in 47.62. Entering this meet,
that was the second fastest time this
year, behind only the 47.53 that Mag-
nussen swam at the Australian tri-
als.When Morozov swept the 50 and
100 free titles at last year s short-
course worlds in Istanbul, Russian
media began comparing him to the
legendary Alexander Popov.
But Morozov s idols were Amer-
One other contender could be Fabi-
en Gilot, who swam a 46.90 in the
third leg for France in the relay.
Although he qualified only sixth in
48.20, followed by Cameron McEvoy
of Australia in 48.43 and Luca Dotto
of Italy in 48.46. (AP)
The Missile vs the
Nathan Adrian of the United States prepares to start a Men's 100m
freestyle semifinal at the FINA Swimming World Championships in
Barcelona, Spain, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Franklin swims to third straight gold
Missy Franklin of the United States, left, embraces Australia's Emily
Seebohm after winning the gold medal in the Women's 100m backstroke
final at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Barcelona, Spain,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
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