Women's 100m Backstroke Final: Missy Franklin Wins Gold Medal

Jul 30, 2012; London, United Kingdom; Missy Franklin (USA) reacts after winning the women's 100m backstroke finals during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Aquatics Centre. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Missy Franklin won the gold medal in the women's 100m backstroke final Monday at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Missy Franklin won the gold medal for Team USA in the 100m women's backstroke final Monday at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The 17-year-old won the event just 14 minutes after qualifying for the finals in a 200m freestyle semifinal.

Franklin was down at the turn to Emily Seebohm of Australia and tied with Russia's Anastasia Zueva. She found a second wind to close the gap in the last 50 meters, however. She was the only swimmer to go sub 20 seconds over the second half of the race, and finished with a time of 58.33 seconds. Seebohm took silver at 58.68 seconds and Japan's Aya Terakawa took bronze at 58.83 seconds.

Franklin earned her second medal of the 2012 Olympic Games. She took bronze in the women's 4x100m freestyle relay on Saturday. She is also competing in the 100m freestyle, 200m backstroke, 200m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle relay.

For complete coverage of the 2012 London Olympics, vist SB Nation's Summer Olympics hub.

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