London 2012 Swimming: Franklin's four golds as US women win medley relay

Updated: 05 August 2012 03:39 IST

Teen sensation Missy Franklin celebrated four gold medals at her first Olympics in spearheading the United States to the women's 4x100m medley relay gold in world record time on Saturday.

London 2012 Swimming: Franklin's four golds as US women win medley relay

London:

Teen sensation Missy Franklin celebrated four gold medals at her first Olympics in spearheading the United States to the women's 4x100m medley relay gold in world record time on Saturday.


The American quartet of Franklin, Rebecca Soni, Dana Vollmer and Allison Schmitt swam 3min52.05sec to lower the previous record of 3:52.19 set by China in winning the world title in Rome in 2009.

It was the ninth world record at the Aquatics Centre over the eight-day meet.

For 17-year-old Colorado high school student Franklin it was her fourth gold in the final women's pool event of the Games along with a bronze earlier in the meet in the 4x100m freestyle relay.

Franklin, Vollmer and Soni had all set individual world records at the London Aquatics Centre.

"It has been the most incredible experience in the world," Franklin said.

"The four golds are absolutely incredible. I will never forget the experience and this will always be living in my heart.

"I led off in all three relays which was kind of fun."

Franklin swam the opening backstroke leg in 58.50sec, giving the Americans the early edge.

Soni put in a 1:04.82 breaststroke leg, Vollmer clocked 55.48sec for butterfly leg and Schmitt brought it home in 53.25 in the final freestyle leg.

Australia's Emily Seebohm, Leisel Jones, Alicia Coutts and Melanie Schlanger took silver in 3:54.02 and Japan's Aya Terakawa, Satomi Suzuki, Yuka Kato and Haruka Ueda claimed the bronze in 3:55.73.



Topics : Olympics 2012 Swimming
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