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Canada's Caldwell swims to bronze at world championships

The Canadian Press

8/3/2013 12:56:29 PM

BARCELONA, Spain -- Canada's Hilary Caldwell captured the bronze medal in the women's 200-metre backstroke at the swimming world championships Saturday.

Caldwell, a native of White Rock, B.C., stepped onto the podium with a time of two minutes 6.80 seconds.

American Missy Franklin won her fifth gold medal of the worlds in the event with a time of 2:04.76 ahead of Australia's Belinda Hocking.

Sinead Russell of Burlington, Ont., finished seventh.

The 18-year-old Franklin tied the record for most golds by a woman at worlds, matching Tracy Caulkins of the U.S. and Libby Trickett of Australia.

Caulkins won her five at the 1978 meet in Berlin, while Trickett did it at her home championships in 2007 at Melbourne.

Franklin has one event remaining -- the 400 medley relay -- and a chance to join Michael Phelps, Mark Spitz and Kristin Otto as the only swimmers to win as many as six golds at worlds or the Olympics.