Missy Franklin Wins 4th Gold In Women's Medley Relay
US Women Set World Record To Win Gold
7:57 AM, Aug 5, 2012
The United States set a world record to win the women's medley relay at the London Olympics on Saturday. The Americans clocked 3 minutes, 52.05 seconds, slicing 0.14 off the previous mark set by China at the 2009 world championships at the height of the high-tech bodysuit era. Colorado's Missy Franklin swam the leadoff backstroke leg, Rebecca Soni did the breaststroke, Dana Vollmer competed in butterfly and Allison Schmitt had the anchor leg in freestyle. The 17-year-old Franklin, who starts her senior year in high school this fall, finished the meet with four golds and a bronze, while Schmitt leaves with three golds, a silver and a bronze.After the win, Missy tweeted, "Couldn't think of a better way to end my first Olympics. This has been the best experience of my life! So proud to represent #TeamUSA. Your support and good luck wishes have meant the world to me! Thank you for making these 8 days so incredible for me!" Australia touched in 3:54.02 to take the silver medal and Japan finished in 3:55.73 to take bronze.The event was carried live on the Internet Saturday afternoon but the delayed television broadcast won't happen until tonight.