Centennial's Missy Franklin Wins Bronze In 400 Free Relay

Austrailia Takes Gold

Australia has won gold in the women's 400-meter freestyle relay, setting an Olympic record of 3 minutes, 33.15 seconds Saturday night.

The United States team got off to a blistering start with Missy Franklin swimming leadoff under world-record pace, but the Australians rallied behind Brittany Elmslie on the third leg. Melanie Schlanger held on at the end, with Ranomi Kromowidjojo closing fast to give the Netherlands a silver in 3:33.79.

The other members of the winning team were Alicia Coutts and Cate Campbell.

The Americans slipped to the bronze in 3:34.24, but that was still good enough to give Natalie Coughlin the 12th medal of her career, tying Dara Torres and Jenny Thompson as the most decorated U.S. female Olympian. Coughlin swam in the morning prelims, but wasn't used in the evening; everyone who swims on a relay gets a medal.

Franklin's bronze is her first medal in her first appearance at the games. After she won, she tweeted, "My first Olympic medal and a new American Record. I am so proud of my relay and couldn't think of a better way to start off the meet!"

You can follow her on Twitter: @FranklinMissy

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