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
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.