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Missy goes back to back to take gold

07-31-2012 06:06 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

LONDON, July 30 (Xinhua) -- The 17-year-old Missy Franklin showed why she had been tipped to be one of the sensations of the Olympic Games on Monday as she won the gold medal in the women's 100 meters backstroke final.

Franklin was able to up the pace in the last 50 meters to burst past Australia's Emily Seebohm and win her medal. What made Missy's win all the more incredible was that she had swum her final just 13 minutes after qualifying for the final of the 200 meters freestyle.

"Michael Phelps said that he couldn't believe I had done that, as the shortest turnover he ever had was 30 minutes," she said.

"I have great staff and great teammates and they all helped. I was able to warm down in the diving pool, which was a big help, I then ran to get really for the backstroke, it was good because I wasn't able to get nervous," she explained, adding that the lack of time between races had actually helped her.

"When I am racing back to back, I get excited, the adrenalin goes like crazy and I love it," she said.

Franklin will race the final of the 200 meters freestyle on Tuesday and has to be a favorite for another medal, especially as her schedule is not quite so packed

"Tomorrow morning I will be able to get some rest and then it's the 200 meters," she said, "It is going to be a great race. I have my goals, I know what they are and I know how to achieve them," she added, clearly delighted at her success.

"I never thought I'd be able to do it at 17, I dreamed about it all my life and I couldn't be happier now I can't put into words what I felt, it doesn't seem real, you dream about it so often that it still seems like a dream," she said.

Meanwhile Seebohn was disappointed to take just silver, but given her history of illness, it should be seen as a triumph. The Australian had her training affected in 2011 by a bout of swine flu, six bouts of tonsillitis and pancreatitis, which made it hard for her to keep food down.

"People wrote me off, but I stood strong and never gave up on my dream, I didn't win gold, but I got dam close," she said.

Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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