Missy Franklin of U.S. sets world record in 200 backstroke for 3rd gold medal at Olympics

U.S. swimmer Missy Franklin reacts after winning gold and breaking the world record in the women's 200m backstroke final during the swimming event at the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 3, 2012 in London. LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages

(AP) LONDON - American teenager Missy Franklin set a world record in the 200 backstroke Friday for her third gold and fourth medal overall at the London Olympics.

Franklin clocked 2 minutes, 4.06 seconds, 0.75 quicker than the mark set by Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe at the 2009 world championships in Rome in a now-banned bodysuit.

It was the seventh world record of the games.

Anastasia Zueva of Russia touched in 2:05.92 to take the silver medal and Elizabeth Beisel of the United States finished in 2:06.55 to take bronze.

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