U.S. Women Get Relay Swim Gold, Gyurta Breaks World Record
Missy Franklin, Dana Vollmer and Allison Schmitt all won their second gold medals of the London Games as the U.S. swam to victory against Australia by almost a second and a half in the 800-meter freestyle relay.
Daniel Gyurta of Hungary won the 200-meter breaststroke in world-record time, American Nathan Adrian swam to the 100-meter freestyle gold medal by a hundredth of a second and Jiao Liuyang of China won the women’s 200-meter butterfly at the pool today.
The U.S. won the relay in an Olympic record of 7 minutes, 42.92 seconds, while Australia took silver in 7:44.41. France got the bronze in 7:47.49.
“The first three ladies had an amazing swim and I just wanted to bring it home for them,” Schmitt told reporters after anchoring the winning relay team. “I just wanted to feed off that energy and bring home the gold tonight for the relay.”
Franklin, 17, a Colorado high school senior, had won her first gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke. Vollmer, 24, was first in the 100-meter butterfly and Schmitt, 22, won earlier in the 200-meter freestyle event.
Gyurta, 23, won the gold in 2 minutes, 7.28 seconds, ahead of Britain’s Michael Jamieson in second place, and Ryo Tateishi, 22, of Japan in third. Kosuke Kitajima of Japan, who was attempting to become the first man to win the same swimming event at three consecutive Olympics, was fourth.
Adrian defeated world champion James Magnussen of Australia by 0.01 seconds. Magnussen, 21, clocked the fastest time in the semifinals.
“It’s pretty amazing seeing a 1 next to your name,” Adrian told reporters. “I almost started crying in the water.”
Adrian was in third place after the first 50 meters before rallying to take the gold. Magnussen swam back for the silver medal after being in fifth place on the first leg.
Adrian won in a time of 47.52 seconds, while Magnussen touched the wall in 47.53. Canada’s Brent Hayden got the bronze in 47.80 seconds. Yannick Agnel, the 200-meter freestyle champion from France, finished fourth.
Kitajima led the breaststroke in the first 100 meters, before Gyurta took over and broke the record of 2:07.31 set by Australia’s Christian Sprenger in 2009.
“It won’t change me,” said Gyurta, the world champion in 2009 and 2011. “The only thing it will change is my cabinet at home.”
World champion Jiao won the 200-meter butterfly in an Olympic record of 2:04:06, ahead of Mireia Belmonte Garcia of Spain in second place and Natsumi Hoshi of Japan in third.
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