Injured Missy Franklin Struggles on First Day of Pan Pacific Championships

American Olympic star Missy Franklin reached backstroke final but failed to qualify for the 200-meter freestyle final as she battled a back injury in the opening heats at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships.

updated: August 21, 2014 15:19 IST
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File Photo: Missy Franklin during 200 meter backstroke final at the U.S. national championships swim meet.

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Gold Coast, Australia: World champion Missy Franklin failed to qualify for the 200-meter freestyle final after making a late decision to compete despite a sore back on the opening morning of the Pan Pacific championships.

A half-hour later, she was back in the pool and swam fast enough to advance in the 100-meter backstroke, an event she won at the London Olympics. She had to overcome nerves just to start her second race on Thursday, and later said she considered it a successful morning regardless of the mixed results.

Katie Ledecky led qualifiers in the 200 free in 1 minute. 56.45 seconds, with Australia's Melanie Schlanger second-fastest in 1:57. 29 and Shannon Vreeland in 1:57:40. Franklin had the fourth-quickest time across the five heats but was behind U.S. teammates Ledecky and Vreeland. At the Pan Pacs, predominantly featuring teams from Australia, Japan, Canada and the U.S., only the two fastest swimmers from each country make the A final.

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