LONDON – American swimmers won five medals – three gold, a silver and a bronze – Friday at the 2012 Olympic Games. Missy Franklin took top honors on a hot night for Team USA, winning gold and setting a world record in the women’s 200m backstroke in 2:04.06.
Fifteen-year-old Katie Ledecky also had a stellar showing with a gold medal and an American record in the women’s 800m freestyle, turning in a time of 8:14.63. And Michael Phelps won a gold medal in the last individual event of his career, taking the men’s 100m butterfly in 51.21.
Cullen Jones and Elizabeth Beisel also won medals for the U.S. Friday, Jones with a silver in the men’s 50m freestyle (21.54) and Beisel with a bronze in the women’s 200m back (2:06.55).
Through day seven at the Aquatics Centre, the Americans’ medal count in the pool stands at 28 – 14 gold, eight silver and six bronze. They lead all nations in the swimming competition.