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Missy Franklin loses for 1st time at swim worlds

Friday - 8/2/2013, 12:45pm  ET

Missy Franklin of the United States competes in a Women's 200m backstroke heat at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

AP Sports Writer

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Missy Franklin has lost for the first time at the world swimming championships, finishing fourth in the 100-meter freestyle.

Cate Campbell of Australia pushed the pace from the start Friday, making the flip more than a half-second under world-record pace. She had more than enough to hold on, touching in 52.34 seconds.

She was a half-body length in front of silver-medalist Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden. Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands edged Franklin for the bronze by 0.05.

Franklin has been 4 for 4 at the championships, and she still has a shot at breaking the record for most gold medals by a woman at a world meet.

After climbing from the pool, Franklin took a shortcut to the training pool to get ready for a semifinal heat of the 200 backstroke.

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