Posted: Aug 2, 2012 12:12 AM by Andrew Masuda
Allison Schmitt pushed the United States in front in the anchor leg to win the 4x200-meter freestyle relay at the London Olympics on Wednesday.
The Americans, whose team included Missy Franklin, of Centennial, Colo., and Alyssa Anderson, of Granite Bay, Calif., clocked an Olympic-record 7 minutes, 42.92 seconds.
Australia led by a half-second entering the anchor leg but had to settle for silver in 7:44.41. France touched third in 7:47.49.
Schmitt is turning into one of the biggest American stars of the games, picking up her second gold to go along with a silver and a bronze.
The 17 year old Franklin also picked up her second gold swimming the leadoff leg, and Dana Vollmer claimed her second gold in London. Shannon Vreeland rounded out the gold medal-winning quartet.
Nathan Adrian of Bremerton, Wash., won the men's 100-meter freestyle by the smallest of margins at the London Olympics. The 23 year old Adrian clocked 47.52 seconds to win by 0.01 ahead of world champion James "The Missile" Magnussen of Australia.
Magnussen touched in 47.53 to take the silver medal and Brent Hayden of Canada finished in 47.80 for bronze.
It marked the first time since Matt Biondi in 1988 that an American male won Gold in the event.
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