Beijing:Stephanie Rice has led Australia to a gold medal in the women's 4x200-meter freestyle relay at the Beijing Olympics, smashing the world record by nearly 6 seconds.
Rice, Bronte Barratt, Kylie Palmer and Linda Mackenzie touched in 7 minutes, 44.31 seconds on Thursday, lowering the old mark of 7:50.09 set by the United States at last year's world championships in Australia.
Rice earned her third gold medal of the games, having swept both individual medleys with world-record times.
The Chinese team of Yang Yu, Zhu Qianwei, Tan Miao and Pang Jiaying took the silver in 7:45.93.
The U.S. team of Allison Schmitt, Natalie Coughlin, Caroline Burckle and Katie Hoff earned the bronze in 7:46.33, the first time the Americans have lost the event since it began in 1996.