Franklin earns record 6th gold; DQ of relay team costs Adrian
Missy Franklin stands alone.
Franklin earned her record sixth gold medal of the world championships Sunday in Barcelona, Spain, swimming the leadoff leg for the United States in the 400-meter medley relay.
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The 18-year-old from Centennial, Colo., gave the Americans a slight lead, and teammates Jessica Hardy, Dana Vollmer and Megan Romano made it look easy from there. The winning time was 3 minutes, 53.23 seconds, nearly two seconds ahead of runner-up Australia.
Franklin became the winningest female swimmer ever at the worlds and improved on her performance from last year’s London Olympics — where she was one of the biggest stars, with four golds and a bronze.
She surpassed the women’s record of five gold medals at a world meet that she shared with American Tracy Caulkins (1978) and Australian Libby Trickett (2007).
Franklin also joins Americans Michael Phelps and Mark Spitz, Australian Ian Thorpe and East German Kristin Otto as the only swimmers to win at least six golds at either a world meet or an Olympics.
“I still can’t really believe that it happened,” Franklin said.
One race earlier, the U.S. men’s 400 medley relay team — including Nathan Adrian of Bremerton — was disqualified.
Adrian swam the freestyle anchor leg and the U.S. team finished nearly 1½ seconds ahead of apparent runner-up France.
But 19-year-old breaststroker Kevin Cordes left the starting block too soon (0.04 seconds) before backstroker Matt Grevers finished the first leg of the relay, resulting in the DQ.
The rules allow a leeway of 0.03 seconds, so Cordes was 0.01 over the limit.
“A relay disqualification is not a particular individual’s fault,” Adrian said. “It’s Team USA’s fault and it falls on all of our shoulders.”
Grevers said he got tired toward the end of his relay leg and added, “It’s as much my fault, or more, than Kevin’s. The guy coming in is usually the one responsible.”
Adrian said, “If us four ever step up again, we’re never going to have a disqualification, that’s for sure.”
Katie Ledecky, a 16-year-old from Bethesda, Md., who won four golds and set two world records, was the top female swimmer. She edged Franklin based on a formula that doesn’t count relays and gives bonus points for world records.
Sun Yang of China was honored as the top male after sweeping the 400, 800 and 1,500 free.
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