rediff.com

NewsApp (Free)

Read news as it happens
Download NewsApp

Available on  

Rediff News  All News 
Rediff.com  » Sports » Chirpy Missy swims to record 6th gold; US medley team disqualified

Chirpy Missy swims to record 6th gold; US medley team disqualified

August 05, 2013 09:56 IST

Chirpy Missy swims to record 6th gold; US medley team disqualified

     Next

Next

The final day of the world swimming championships belonged to Missy Franklin as the American teenager became the first woman to win six golds at a single edition thanks to the U.S. triumph in the medley relay on Sunday.

In a frenetic session at Barcelona's Palau Sant Jordi, there was high drama when the U.S. men were disqualified from their medley relay after finishing well ahead of France, while China's Sun Yang won a second consecutive gold in the men's 1,500 freestyle to complete a rare treble of distance titles.

After a flurry of finals, the women's medley relay was the final event on the eighth day of racing in the hilltop pool and Franklin and her teammates did not disappoint.

After her three world titles at the 2011 championships in Shanghai, Franklin is also tied for the most golds overall with Trickett on nine. She also owns four Olympic titles.


Image: 1 (Left-Right) Gold medal winners Missy Franklin, Jessica Hardy, Dana Vollmer and Megan Romano of the USA celebrate on the podium after the Women's Medley 4x100m relay final in Barcelona, Spain, on Sunday
Photographs: Adam Pretty/Getty Images

     Next

'The whole week was difficult swimming this many events but I've proven a lot to myself'

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

The 18-year-old swam a blistering opening backstroke leg to give the Americans a healthy lead they never relinquished and their success followed her titles in 100 and 200 backstroke, 200 freestyle and the 4x100 and 4x200 freestyle relays. She was fourth in Friday's 100 freestyle.

"I think the whole week was kind of difficult swimming this many events but I think I've proven a lot to myself and being able to swim as much as I swam," the perpetually chirpy Colorado native said.

"Moving forward I'm excited for more opportunities to swim like this again."

Franklin's sixth gold in Barcelona is one more than the previous record of five she jointly held with compatriot Tracy Caulkins and Australia's Libby Trickett.

The only other woman to win six golds at a single major meet is East German Kristin Otto at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.


Image: Missy Franklin of the USA celebrates with teammate Dana Vollmer after the Swimming Women's Medley 4x100m Relay final in Barcelona on Sunday
Photographs: Adam Pretty/Getty Images

Prev     Next

Frenchman Lacourt triumphed in 50m backstroke event

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

Among the men, there were triumphs for Frenchman Camille Lacourt in the 50 backstroke and Japanese teenager Daiya Seto in the 400 individual medley, while Russia's Yuliya Efimova won gold in the women's 50 breaststroke to add to her title over 200 metres.

Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands claimed the 50 freestyle gold and Katinka Hosszu of Hungary followed up her victory over 200 metres to win the 400 medley.

The French men's relay triumph capped a fine day for the European nation, who pipped the U.S. to win last Sunday's 4x100 freestyle event.

Lacourt's teammate Jeremy Stravius tied for silver in the 50 backstroke with American Matt Grevers, only the second time two swimmers have finished equal second at a world championships after it happened the 100 backstroke in 2003.


Image: Camille Lacourt of France celebrates winning the Swimming Men's Backstroke 50m final in Barcelona on Sunday
Photographs: Adam Pretty/Getty Images

Prev     Next

US disqualified from medley relay for an early exchange

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

The biggest shock of the night came immediately before Franklin took to the pool when a misjudgement by her male compatriots handed France relay victory.

The Americans touched well ahead before the stadium announcer drew gasps from the crowd and prompted wild celebrations among the French when he announced the winners had been disqualified "for an early exchange".

Official results showed 19-year-old Kevin Cordes, swimming the second, breaststroke leg, had gone 0.04 seconds too early.

"A relay disqualification is not a particular individual's fault," U.S. team member Nathan Adrian said.

"It's Team USA's fault and it falls on all of our shoulders," he added.

"It will really motivate him. In the next couple of years we're going to have the fastest breaststroker in the world."

The Americans were denied what would have been a 12th triumph in the event in 15 championships since the inaugural edition in Belgrade in 1973 and Ryan Lochte missed out on a fourth gold of the week.


Image: Gold medal winners Giacomo Perez-Dortona, Camille Lacourt, Fabien Gilot and Jeremy Stravius of France celebrate on the podium after the Swimming Men's Medley 4x100m Relay final in Barcelona on Sunday
Photographs: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Prev     Next

Sun was slow but won the 1,500m final

Prev     More
Prev

More

Many had expected Chinese Sun to challenge the world record he set to win Olympic 1,500 freestyle in London last year.

In a relatively slow race he stayed on the shoulder of Canada's Ryan Cochrane before pulling inexorably away in the final 100 metres.

The Olympic champion and world record holder matched American teenager Katie Ledecky in winning 400, 800 and 1,500 freestyle titles in the Catalan capital.

The towering 22-year-old is only the second man to achieve the feat at a world championships after Australian Grant Hackett at the 2005 edition in Montreal.

Athletes thoughts now turn to the next edition in Kazan, Russia in 2015 before they gear up for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro a year later.


Image: Gold medal winner Yang Sun of China celebrates on the podium after the Swimming Men's Freestyle 1500m final in Barcelona on Sunday
Photographs: Adam Pretty/Getty Images

Prev     More