Teenagers hold sway at Barcelona
Teenage swimming star Missy Franklin won the women's 100m backstroke gold yesterday with Australia's Emily Seebohm second and Japan's Aya Terakawa third.
Franklin collected her second gold in Barcelona when she clocked 58.42secs, just missing out on the world record, with Seebohm back at 0.64 and Terakawa touched the wall 0.81 behind.
Ledecky sets 1500m record
Elsewhere, another US teenager Katie Ledecky set a new world record in winning the women’s 1500m freestyle title at the swimming world championships with Denmark’s Lotte Friis second and New Zealand’s Lauren Boyle third.
The 16-year-old, who was neck-and-neck with Friis for most of the race, but accelerated away in the final 100m, clocked a new world record of 15mins 36.53secs, knocking just under six seconds off the previous mark set in 2009.
All of the top three finished faster than the previous best time of 15mins 42.54secs set by Jessica Hardy of the USA. Friis, the 2011 world champion over the mile distance, finished 2.35 seconds back to set the European record with Boyle at 8.18secs, a new Oceania record.
Gold for Grevers
Olympic champion Matt Grevers won the men’s 100 metres backstroke gold yesterday with David Plummer of the USA in second and France’s Jeremy Stravius third.