BARCELONA, Spain — Missy Franklin got off to a good start at the world swimming championships, thanks to a teammate.
Katie Ledecky showed her Olympic triumph was no fluke, turning in another dominating performance before she heads off to 11th grade.
Franklin captured gold in the first of her eight events in Barcelona, though it took a brilliant anchor leg by Megan Romano to pull it out a victory in the women’s 400-meter freestyle relay.
The 16-year-old Ledecky captured the first U.S. gold of the night, just missing the world record in the 400 free.
The Americans were ready for another celebration until the French chased them down in the final event of the night, the men’s 400 free relay.