I’m here at the swimming finals where Dana Vollmer of the USA just set the world record in the 100-meter butterfly. Her gold-medal time was 55.98. That broke her own Olympic medal, set this morning in the semifinals, and the former world mark of 56.06 set by Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden in Rome in 2009.
Lu Ying of China took silver [56.87] and Alicia Coutts of Australia scooped up the bronze [56.94].
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MEN’S 200 FREE SEMIFINALS
Ryan Lochte [1:46.31] second behind Germany’s Paul Biedermann [1:46.10]k, will advance.
WOMEN’S 100 BREAST SEMI
Rebecca Soni wins and teammate Breeja Larson is second in their semifinal. They advance in 1:05.98 and 1:06.70, respectively.
MEN’S 100 BREASTSTROKE FINAL
South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh won in a world record time of 58.46. The USA’s Brendan Hansen, swimming in Lane 8, takes the bronze in 59.49 with Australia’s Christian Sprenger taking the silver.
The world record had been held by Brenton Rickard of Australia, set in Rome in 2009. it was 58.58
WOMEN’S 400 FREE FINAL
USA’s Allison Schmitt takes silver behind France’s Camille Muffat, who set an Olympic record in 4:01.45. Schmitt swam 4:01.77, which also beat the previous Olympic record of 4:02.19 and set the American record. In other news, Britain gets its first swimming medal from Rebecca Adlington, who took bronze.
Who said records wouldn’t fall with the ban on the long suits?
MEN’S 100 BACKSTROKE SEMIFINAL
Matthew Grevers wins his heat and is the No. 1 seed in the final in 52.66. Nick Thoman also qualified in fifth.
WOMEN’S 100 BACKSTROKE SEMIFINAL
Missy Franklin, the female Michael Phelps, wins her semifinal heat in 59.12.
MEN’S 4X100 RELAY!!!
Here’s what you’ve all been waiting for. USA out-touched by France, which comes out of nowhere on final two legs for the victory and the gold. Phelps gave the US a slight lead and Cullen Jones made it a monster. But Yannick Agnel caught Ryan Lochte and the two were in a dead heat all the way to the finish. Final time 3:09.93 for France, 3:10.38 for the USA. Agnel swam a full second faster than Lochte, 46.74 to 47.74. Phelps swam the US’s fastest split in 47.15.