Missy Franklin Hit by Back Spasms Ahead of Pan Pacific Championships

Multiple Olympic and world champion Missy Franklin suffered back spasms in training. Franklin is the current Laureus sportswoman of the year.

updated: August 20, 2014 15:45 IST
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Missy Franklin, four-time Olympic gold medalist, poses for a photograph with a 10-year-old fan.

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Gold Coast, Australia: Preparations by multiple Olympic and world champion Missy Franklin for this week's Pan Pacific Championships have been hit by back trouble but she was on the mend, US team officials said on Wednesday.

The 19-year-old suffered back spasms in training and was undergoing treatment before her scheduled opening swims at the meet on Australia's Gold Coast on Thursday.

But the quadruple London Olympic gold medallist and nine-time world champion said she was feeling "drastically better" late Wednesday.

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