Swimming - Franklin hit by back spasms ahead of Pan Pacs

Swimming - Franklin hit by back spasms ahead of Pan Pacs

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IRVINE, CA - AUGUST 09: Missy Franklin reacts after her win in the Women's 100 Meter Backstroke Final during the 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships at the Woollett Aquatic Center on August 9, 2014 in Irvine, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/Harry How)

- Multiple Olympic and world champion Missy Franklin's preparations for this week's Pan Pacific Championships on Australia's Gold Coast have been hit by back trouble, US team officials said Wednesday.

The 19-year-old American star suffered back spasms in training and was undergoing treatment ahead of her opening scheduled swims at the meet on Thursday.

The quadruple London Olympic gold medallist and nine-time world champion had to be assisted from the training pool late Tuesday.

A US official said medical staff would reassess Franklin's condition on Thursday, when the four-day Pan Pacs meet begins.

"It's a fluid situation," he said of Franklin, who was spending the day resting.

Franklin is scheduled to contest the 200 metres freestyle and 100m backstroke on the meet's opening day.


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