Missy Franklin, 17, won her first Olympic gold medal on Monday by zooming to the front in the women's 100-meter backstroke, finishing the race in 58.33 seconds — just ahead of Australia's Emily Seebohm (58.68 seconds) and Japan's Aya Terakawa (58.83 seconds.) Franklin won the backstroke final barely 10 minutes after competing in the 200-meter freestyle semifinals.
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