USA women's swim team sets record, Donahue wins gold

(WVLT/AP)-- The United States has set a world record to win the women's medley relay at the London Olympics on Saturday.

A part of that team is Lenoir City's Claire Donahue who didn't swim in Saturday's race but swam in the preliminary race that got the team into the finals.

The Americans clocked 3 minutes, 52.05 seconds, slicing 0.14 off the previous mark set by China at the 2009 world championships at the height of the high-tech bodysuit era.

Missy Franklin swam the leadoff backstroke leg, Rebecca Soni did the
breaststroke, Dana Vollmer competed in butterfly and Allison Schmitt had the anchor leg in freestyle.

The 17-year-old Franklin, who starts her senior year in high school this
fall, finished the meet with four golds and a bronze, while Schmitt leaves with three golds, a silver and a bronze.

Australia touched in 3:54.02 to take the silver medal and Japan finished in 3:55.73 to take bronze.

Donahue is the second East Tennessean to win gold at the Olympics. Davis Tarwater was the first winner.


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