Rebbeca Soni Sets World Record, Wins Gold in the 200-Meter Breaststroke

Ben ChodosCorrespondent IIAugust 2, 2012

American swimmer Rebecca Soni broke her own world record in the women’s 200-meter breaststroke to earn the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics.

The U.S. Olympic Team’s Twitter account reported the result.

World's best breaststroker? @rebsoni has earned GOLD in 200m breast and broke her own world record yet again!#GoTeamUSA

— US Olympic Team (@USOlympic) August 2, 2012

Soni dominated the entire event, setting the world record in the semifinals before besting her own mark to take gold with a time of two minutes, 19.59 seconds. She beat Japan’s Satomi Suzuki by 1.13 seconds, while Russia’s Iuliia Efimova took bronze.

This is Soni’s second medal in London, as she already took silver in the 100-meter breaststroke. She will also compete in the 4x100-meter medley relay.

Soni is a 25-year-old competing in her second Olympics.