USA Women Set Olympic Record with Gold Medal Win in 4x200 Freestyle

Sam R. QuinnSenior Analyst IIIAugust 1, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 01:  Shannon Vreeland
 (L), Missy Franklin (R), Allison Schmitt (C) and Dana Vollmer (obscured) of the United States celebrate after they won the Final of the Women's 4x200m Freestyle Relay on Day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 1, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
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Another day, another gold medal for the United States in the pool.

According to the United States Olympic team's official Twitter account, the women stole the show one day after Michael Phelps became the most decorated athlete in Olympic history:

Olympic record by #TeamUSA in the pool! Congrats @franklinmissy, @danavollmer, @arschmitty, @s_vreeland on the 4x200 free GOLD!

— US Olympic Team (@USOlympic) August 1, 2012

The United States 4x200-meter freestyle relay team comprised of Missy Franklin, Dana Vollmer, Shannon Vreeland and Allison Schmitt broke the Olympic record with a blazing time of seven minutes, 42.92 seconds.

The foursome blew away the field, finishing 1.49 seconds ahead of the silver-medalist Australians and 4.57 seconds before third-place France.

Franklin, the 17-year-old phenom, kept the Americans in the race from the get-go. She touched the wall in third place, less than a half-second behind the leader, Camille Muffat of France.

That sprung 100-meter butterfly gold-medalist Vollmer, who pulled the Americans ahead of the French and into second place behind Australia.

Vreeland kept up the pace, increasing the gap between herself and France's Ophelie-Cyrielle Etienne to ensure that the Schmitt's split would be a two-woman race.

Schmitt dove into the pool needing to make up over a half-second to vault the Americans past Australia and onto the top of the podium.

She did exactly that—and then some—by hunting down Alicia Coutts to complete her team's heart-stopping comeback and bring home the gold medal.

This marks the fourth medal for Schmitt in London, the third for Franklin, the second for Vollmer and the first for Vreeland.


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