Franklin cruises as she prepares for tough double

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By PAUL NEWBERRY, Associated Press

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Missy Franklin cruised into the semifinals of the 200-meter freestyle on Tuesday as she prepares for a tough double at the world swimming championships.

Using as little energy as possible, Franklin posted the fifth-fastest time in morning preliminaries at 1 minute, 56.90 seconds. She'll return for the semifinals in the evening, along with the 100 backstroke final.

France's Camille Muffat was top qualifier in the 200 free at 1:56.53. She won silver in the event at last year's Olympics. Franklin was fourth in London, missing a medal by a hundredth of a second.

Tyler Clary led the 200 butterfly in 1:56.03, followed by Olympic champion Chad le Clos of South Africa. Another South African star, Cameron van der Burgh, topped the prelims for the 50 breaststroke, a non-Olympic event.

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