China's Ye, 16, Sets Swim Record

Teen beats world record by more than 1 second in 400-meter medley
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 29, 2012 5:27 AM CDT
China's Ye Shiwen, right, with compatriot Li Xuanxuat, reacts after finishing first in the women's 400-meter individual medley swimming final yesterday.    (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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(Newser) – China's Ye Shiwen set the first world record in the Olympic pool, winning the women's 400-meter individual medley with a dominant finishing kick last night. The 16-year-old Ye trailed American teenager Elizabeth Beisel more than halfway through the grueling race, but pulled away in the freestyle leg to win gold in 4 minutes, 28.43 seconds. She beat the 4:29.45 mark set by Stephanie Rice at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Beisel settled for silver with 4:31.27, while China's Li Xuanxu took the bronze in 4:32.91. Ye was the second Chinese swimmer to win gold on the opening night of swimming competition at the London Olympics. Sun Yang won the men's 400 freestyle. (Read more Olympics stories.)

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