Missy Franklin wins 100 metres backstroke gold

The 18-year-old powered home in a time of 58.42 seconds at the Palau Sant Jordi.

Written by Reuters | Barcelona | Published: July 30, 2013 10:40 pm

American Olympic champion Missy Franklin won her second gold of the world swimming championships on Tuesday with victory in the women’s 100 metres backstroke.

The 18-year-old powered home in a time of 58.42 seconds at the Palau Sant Jordi following Sunday’s 4×100 metres freestyle relay triumph.

Australia’s Emily Seebohm,second behind Franklin at the Olympics in London last year,was second in 59.06 seconds and Aya Terakawa of Japan took bronze in 59.23.

Cesilie Carlton takes inaugural high diving gold

American Cesilie Carlton became the first high diving world champion when she claimed gold in a fearsome spectacle at the inaugural championships in Barcelona on Tuesday.

Launching herself into the void from a platform a mind-boggling 20 metres above the Catalan capital’s harbour,Carlton amassed 211.60 points to top the six-strong field,with compatriot Ginger Huber taking silver on 206.70 and Anna Bader of Germany the bronze with 203.90.

The men,described this week as “totally out of their minds” by 10-metre platform silver medallist David Boudia of the United States,fling themselves off an even higher platform,27 metres above the water.

They plummet for three seconds before smacking into the water at around 90 kilometres per hour and both male and female competitors must land feet first to help avert injury.

Four scuba divers,two jet skis and one boat are on hand nearby in the water in case of mishap.

Orlando Duque of Colombia was in first place after three rounds of Monday’s men’s competition,which concludes on Wednesday,with Artem Silchenko of Russia in second and Mexican Jonathan Paredes third in the 13-strong field.

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