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Swimming: US teen star Missy Franklin relishing historic bid for 8 world c'ship golds

Published on Jul 27, 2013 5:42 PM
 
US swimmer Missy Franklin gives a press conference ahead of the start of the swimming competition at the Fina World Championships at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona on Friday, July 26, 2013. Franklin is relishing tackling eight events when swimming's world championships start on Sunday as the sport adjusts to life after Michael Phelps. -- PHOTO: AFP

BARCELONA (AFP) - Teenage pool star Missy Franklin is relishing tackling eight events when swimming's world championships start on Sunday as the sport adjusts to life after Michael Phelps.

Having retired after London 2012, where he collected a record 18th Olympic gold medal, Phelps, 28, will only be a spectator during the eight days of swimming's world championships in Barcelona.

The 18-year-old Franklin will be looking to emulate Phelps, who won eight golds at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, as she tackles a punishing programme.

Franklin's schedule includes the 100m and 200m freestyle, all three backstroke events over 50m, 100m and 200m and all three relays - eight events in total.

 
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