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Missy Franklin Wins Gold In 100-Meter Backstroke

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US swimmer Missy Franklin celebrates winning the women's 100m backstroke final swimming event at the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 30, 2012 in London. (AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU)

US swimmer Missy Franklin celebrates winning the women’s 100m backstroke final swimming event at the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 30, 2012 in London. (AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU)

LONDON (AP) — Colorado’s own Missy Franklin won the women’s 100-meter backstroke at the London Olympics on Monday.

Franklin won the two-lap race in 58.33 seconds for her first Olympic gold and second medal after taking bronze in the 4×100 freestyle relay.

Emily Seebohm of Australia touched in 58.68 to take the silver medal and Aya Terakawa of Japan finished in 58.83 to take bronze.

Franklin swam little more than 10 minutes after taking the eighth and final qualifying spot in the 200 freestyle semifinals.

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