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Franklin wins 100 meters at nationals

U.S. Melissa Franklin, center, shows the gold medal she won in the women's 200m Backstroke, flanked by silver medalist Australia's Belinda Hocking, le
Missy Franklin also won gold last week at the World Championships.
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STANFORD, Calif. (AP)

Missy Franklin won the 100-meter backstroke at the US national championships with the fifth-fastest time in the world this year.

The 16-year-old phenom touched in 59.18 seconds to win her first national title Wednesday, two days after returning from the world championships in Shanghai.

Franklin won three gold medals and a bronze in China, including the 200 backstroke title.

Rachel Bootsma was second at 59.65, joining Franklin as the only two women under 1 minute.

Ryan Lochte, who won five golds in Shanghai, was to swim the men's 100 back later.
 

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