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Regan Smith wins gold medal in 200-meter backstroke world finals

Her winning time of 2 minutes and 3.69 seconds was just shy of her semi final time of 2 minutes and 3.35 seconds.
Credit: AP
Gold medalist United States' Regan Smith, centre, stands with silver medalist Australia's Kaylee McKeown, left, and bronze medalist Canada's Kylie Masse following the women's 200m backstroke final at the World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, Saturday, July 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

GWANGJU, South Korea — Minnesota native Regan Smith notched a gold medal for team USA at the World Swimming Championships Saturday morning. 

After surpassing Missy Franklin's world record on Friday, Smith secured gold in the 200-meter backstroke with a time of 2 minutes and 3.69 seconds - just shy of her time of 2 minutes and 3.35 seconds in the semifinals. 

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The 17-year-old Lakeville teen beat Olympian Missy Franklin's time of 2 minutes and 4.06 seconds - set in the 2012 London Olympics.

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