Swimming - Franklin hit by back spasms ahead of Pan Pacs

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Swimming - Franklin hit by back spasms ahead of Pan Pacs
IRVINE, CA - AUGUST 07: Missy Franklin reacts after her finish in the Women's 200 Meter Freestyle Prelims during the 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships at the Woollett Aquatic Center on August 7, 2014 in Irvine, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/Harry How)

- Preparations by multiple Olympic and world champion Missy Franklin for this week's Pan Pacific Championships have been hit by back trouble but she was on the mend, US team officials said Wednesday.

The 19-year-old suffered back spasms in training and was undergoing treatment before her scheduled opening swims at the meet on Australia's Gold Coast on Thursday.

"First of all, I have to thank our medical team for their amazing work and also my teammates, coaches, staff and fans for all their heartfelt support," Franklin said in a USA Swimming statement.

"I am feeling drastically better every hour that goes by and hoping and praying that I will be ready to race tomorrow."


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