Swimming - Franklin battles back injury in Pan Pac heats

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Swimming - Franklin battles back injury in Pan Pac heats
Missy Franklin of the US starts in the 100m backstroke heat at Gold Coast Aquatic Centre in Gold Coast on August 21, 2014. The Pan Pac swimming championship continues until August 24. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK HAMILTON ---IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE--- (AFP Photo/PATRICK HAMILTON)

- American Olympic star Missy Franklin reached one final but missed another as she battled a back injury in the opening heats at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships on Thursday.

The quadruple London Olympic gold medallist and nine-times world champion was fourth fastest in the women's 200 metres freestyle but missed out as only two swimmers per country could make Thursday's final at Australia's Gold Coast.

Teammate Katie Ledecky was the fastest into the final with 1min 56.45sec ahead of Australia's Melanie Schlanger and American Shannon Vreeland.

Franklin, 19, who suffered back spasms in training this week, had to swim again 30 minutes later in the 100m backstroke, where she qualified third fastest for the final behind Australians Emily Seebohm and Belinda Hocking.


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