Swimming: Franklin on track to follow in Phelps' footsteps
BARCELONA (AFP) - American teen swimming sensation Missy Franklin took another step towards matching Michael Phelps' eight gold medal haul from the Beijing Olympics five years ago at the swimming world championships in Barcelona on Monday.
The 18-year-old cruised into Tuesday's final of the 100m backstroke, registering the fastest time in the semi-finals of 59.31 seconds to suggest that she could even threaten Gemma Spofforth's world record from the world championships four years ago.
Records though are not her principal target.
"I haven't thought about the world record," she said. "I'm just going to go out there, swim and have fun. I think when you reduce it down to a number you lose what it's really all about."