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Franklin has four medals in all, having also set up the Americans for gold in the 4x200 free relay, when she swam faster than Federica Pellegrini did in winning the individual 200.
The 16-year-old Franklin flashed a wide smile when she looked up at the scoreboard, revealing a set of braces.
Returning from a year off, Olympic and defending champion Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe failed to qualify for the final.
Dutch speedster Inge Dekker won the women's 50 butterfly in 25.71. World record holder Therese Alshammar settled for silver and Melanie Henique of France grabbed bronze in the non-Olympic event.
Two more finals were scheduled for later on the penultimate night of the eight-day meet: Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington was favored in the 800 free and the United States was hoping to reclaim the women's 4x100 medley relay title from host China.
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