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Ye Shiwen breaks world record, Lochte beats Phelps

posted 28 Jul 2012, 13:17 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 28 Jul 2012, 13:19 ]

China takes two gold medals in the Olympic pool, Ye Shiwen breaking the world record and Sun Yang becoming the first Chinese man to win an Olympic swimming title. Meanwhile Michael Phelps loses to Ryan Lochte.

LONDON, UK (JULY 28, 2012) (REUTERS PICTURES) - 
Chinese teenager Ye Shiwen smashed the world record to win the gold medal in the women's 400 metres individual medley at the Olympics on Saturday (July 28).
The 16-year-old unleashed an incredible sprint over the concluding freestyle leg to stop the clock at four minutes 28.43 seconds and became the first woman to break a long-course world record since the ban on polyurethane bodysuits at the end of 2009.


She slashed more than a second off the previous record of 4:29.45 set by Australia's Stephanie Rice at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.


America's Elizabeth Beisel, the reigning world champion for the gruelling event, finished second in 4:31.27 after snatching the lead at the end of the breaststroke leg.


China's Li Xuanxu came third in 4:32.91, giving China their third medal in the pool on the first day of competition after Sun Yang won the men's 400 freestyle gold.


Ryan Lochte of the United States won the gold medal in the men's 400 meters individual medley. Brazil's Thiago Pereira was second and Japan's Kosuke Hagino third. American Michael Phelps, who was defending the title he won at the past two Olympics, finished fourth.


Sun Yang came within a whisker of breaking the world record to win the men's 400 metres freestyle final and became the first Chinese man to win an Olympic swimming title.


The 20-year-old sprinted clear of his rivals on the final 100 metres to win the gold in three minutes 40.14 seconds, just 0.07 outside the world record of 3:40.07, set by Germany's Paul Biedermann at the 2009 world championships in Rome during the height of the bodysuit controversy.

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