Missy Franklin wins record six golds at world championships

Missy Franklin dominated the swimming world championships in Barcelona.
Missy Franklin dominated the swimming world championships in Barcelona. (Getty Images)

American swimmer Missy Franklin became the first woman to ever win six gold medals at a single swimming world championships when she did so Sunday in Barcelona.

Franklin took home the gold in the 100 and 200 meter backstroke, the 200 meter freestyle, and as a member of three different relay teams.

The 18-year-old joins Michael Phelps, Mark Spitz, and Kristin Otto as the only competitors to ever bring home six golds at a single Olympics or world championships.

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