Franklin still smiling despite lack of individual gold

Sun Aug 9, 2015 3:03pm EDT
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By Rod Gilmour

KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) - American Missy Franklin admitted to disappointment at failing to win an individual world championship gold but said she was fully motivated for the year leading up to the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Alongside Katie Ledecky, Franklin was one of the stars of the 2013 championships when she won six gold medals, including three individual titles in Barcelona.

In Kazan, she took on a similar program, competing in the 100m and 200m freestyle, the 100m and 200m backstroke as well as three relays.

However, the 20-year-old experienced a mixed campaign as she failed to secure an individual gold -- despite keeping her ever-present smile throughout the week.

Asked what she would take away on a personal note from her meet, she said: “Honestly? A lot.

“For one thing I am really proud of myself. I have come a really long way in a couple of months and it gives me confidence to see what I can do in a year."

Franklin lost both her world 100m and 200m backstroke titles to Emily Seebohm of Australia.

Following her 200m backstroke silver on Saturday, however, she did show glimpses of her undeniable talent when she produced a brilliant anchor leg in the mixed 400m freestyle relay to help the U.S snatch a stunning gold in a world record time.   Continued...

Missy Franklin of the U.S. poses with her silver medal after the women's 200m backstroke final at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia, August 8, 2015.   REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth