UF swimmer wins bronze

Elizabeth Beisel third to Missy Franklin

From left, Russia's Anastasia Zueva, silver, United States' Missy Franklin, gold, United States' Elizabeth Beisel, bronze, pose with their medals on the podium after the women's 200-meter backstroke at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London on Friday. (AP photo)

Published: Friday, August 3, 2012 at 5:25 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, August 3, 2012 at 5:25 p.m.

LONDON — American teenager Missy Franklin set a world record in the 200 backstroke Friday for her third gold and fourth medal overall at the London Olympics.

Franklin clocked 2 minutes, 4.06 seconds, 0.75 quicker than the mark set by Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe at the 2009 world championships in Rome in a now-banned bodysuit.

It was the seventh world record of the games.

Anastasia Zueva of Russia touched in 2:05.92 to take the silver medal and Elizabeth Beisel of the United States finished in 2:06.55 to take bronze. It’s the second medal of these Games for Beisel, a swimmer for the University of Florida.

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