Swimming • Missy Franklin claimed her record sixth gold medal of the world championships Sunday in Barcelona, Spain, swimming the leadoff leg for the Americans in the 400-meter medley relay.
Franklin gave the U.S. a slight lead, and her teammates Jessica Hardy, Dana Vollmer and Megan Romano made it look easy from there. The winning time was 3 minutes, 53.23 seconds, nearly two seconds ahead of runner-up Australia. She became the winningest female swimmer ever at the worlds, eclipsing the women's record that had had been shared by Tracy Caulkins, who won five times at the 1978 worlds, and Libby Trickett, who did it in 2007.
"I still can't really believe that it happened," Franklin said.