US, Japan Smash Records, Win Gold in Olympic SwimmingBy VOA News
11 August 2008

Michael Phelps on his way to setting a new world record and winning the gold in the final of the men's 400-meter individual medley, 10 Aug 2008 World records fell in four events in the pool, with American Michael Phelps continuing his quest for eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics.

Phelps and his American teammates shattered the world record in the four-by-100 meter freestyle relay with anchorman Jason Lezak touching the wall to set a new record of 3:08.24.

Australia's Eamon Sullivan set a new world record in the 100-meter freestyle in the lead-off leg of the race, finishing in 47.24 seconds.

Earlier, Japan's Kosuke Kitajima smashed the world record and successfully defended his Olympic title in the men's 100-meter breaststroke. His time of 58.91 seconds, 22-100ths of a second faster than the old mark.

Also in the pool, Australia's Libby Trickett won the gold in the women's 100-meter butterfly race finishing in 56.73 seconds. Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry set a world record in the semifinals of the 100-meter backstroke, finishing in 58.77 seconds.

Britain's Rebecca Adlington won the gold in the women's 400-meter freestyle (4:03.22) just seven 100ths of a second ahead of American Katie Hoff.

Medals will also be awarded Monday in fencing, weight lifting, diving, shooting and archery. The United States leads the total medals standings with 11, but China has more golds, with six.

voa news