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Newz Forum: OLYMPICS: American women set world record in 800 free relay

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posted on Aug, 18 2004 @ 01:57 PM
ATHENS, Greece (AP) - The United States smashed swimming's oldest record in winning the women's 800-meter freestyle relay Wednesday night for the third consecutive Olympics.

Natalie Coughlin, Carly Piper, Dana Vollmer and Kaitlin Sandeno finished in a world-record 7 minutes, 53.42 seconds - more than 2 seconds better than the old mark of 7:55.47 set 17 years to the day by the former East Germany.

China earned silver in 7:55.97 and Germany took bronze in 7:57.35.

The United States won the event in 1996 and 2000 - the only other times it's been contested in the Olympics. The Americans also are the reigning world champions.

Piper was the only swimmer retained from the morning preliminaries, when the Americans had the fastest time. Lindsay Benko, Rhi Jeffrey and Rachel Komisarz earned gold medals, too, for their preliminary swims.

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