Cal's Missy Franklin placed third in the women's 100-meter backstroke at the Pan Pacific championships in Gold Coast Australia.

Franklin, who won that event at the 2012 Olympics, was tentative with her start and finished in 1 minute, 0.30 seconds on Thursday night. Australian Emily Seebohm won in a meet record 58.84 seconds.

Franklin, who suffered back spasms Tuesday, didn't qualify for the A final of the 200 freestyle. But she did post the second-fastest time of the night by winning the B final in 1:56.04.

"I'm proud of myself. It has nothing to do with my times, my places. Just fighting back," Franklin said.

With no Franklin in the 200 free A final, Katie Ledecky won in a meet record 1:55.74. Ledecky also won the 800 free in 8:11.35.

Also, Cal's Ryan Murphy placed third in the men's 100 backstroke in 53.27, behind Ryosyuke Irie (53.02) and Matt Grevers (53.09).

In qualifying Friday morning (Australia time), Michael Phelps advanced to the men's 100 free final with a time of 48.45. Former Cal star Nathan Adrian set a meet record 48.05 to top qualifying. Franklin was timed in 53.75 in the women's 100 free and qualified for the final.

Yachting

Five challengers signed up for the chance to take on Larry Ellison's Oracle Team USA in the 2017 America's Cup. Teams from New Zealand, Italy, Britain, Sweden and France paid the $1 million first installment of the $2 million entry fee. Oracle rallied to beat Emirates Team New Zealand in the 34th regatta on San Francisco Bay in 2013. Russell Coutts, CEO of the Bay Area-based Oracle Team USA, will decide between San Diego and Bermuda for the venue.



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