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Soni Wins Women’s 200-Meter Breaststroke With World Record

Rebecca Soni is the first female Olympic champion from Beijing four years ago to successfully defend her title in London. Photographer: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
Rebecca Soni is the first female Olympic champion from Beijing four years ago to successfully defend her title in London. Photographer: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Aug. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Rebecca Soni of the U.S. won the women’s 200-meter breaststroke gold medal at the London Olympics in a world-record time.

Soni finished in 2 minutes, 19:59, ahead of Japan’s Satomi Suzuki in second place and Russia’s Iuliia Efimova in third.

Tyler Clary overtook U.S. teammate Ryan Lochte to win the 200-meter backstroke and set an Olympic record.

Lochte, a double gold medalist at the London Games, led the race for the first 150 meters before being reeled in by Clary and Japan’s Ryosuke Irie. Clary touched in 1:53.41 at the Aquatics Center.

Lochte finished in 1:53.94 seconds behind Irie’s 1:53.78 seconds.

Lochte finished first in the 400-meter individual medley and was part of the 800-meter relay team that won gold. He’s also taking on Michael Phelps in the 200-meter medley this evening.

Soni, who improved her own world mark of 2:20.0 set yesterday, is the first female Olympic champion from Beijing four years ago to successfully defend her title in London.

To contact the reporter on this story: Danielle Rossingh at the Aquatics Centre at drossingh@bloomberg.net Tariq Panja at the Aquatics Centre at tpanja@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net

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