The 17-year-old now has something Phelps doesn’t have thus far: a perch atop a podium in London, after winning gold in the 100-meter backstroke. The 6-foot-1 Franklin is the second-youngest U.S. swimmer in these Games, and put her considerable length to good use. Devouring the pool in big strokes down the final 50 meters, Franklin charged from second place after the turn, overtaking Australia’s Emily Seebohm in the final 50 and winning gold in 58.33 seconds.
In an exclamation that fits her youthful stature, Franklin said of the gold: "It exceeds my expectation 100 billion times.”
It’s the second medal of the Games for Franklin, who also captured bronze in the 4x100 freestyle relay. Perhaps more amazingly, Franklin won the gold less than 15 minutes after qualifying for the finals of the 200-meter freestyle. The twoRead More »from Missy Franklin finds her form atop the medal stand in a golden backstroke performance