Vollmer Sets World Record in Butterfly
France upsets Aussies, Americans in 4x100 freestyle relay
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 29, 2012 3:13 PM CDT
France's Clement Lefert, left, France's Amaury Leveaux, center, France's Fabien Gilot, back right, celebrate as they win gold in the men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay final at the 2012 Summer Olympics...   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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(Newser) – Dana Vollmer won a gold medal at the Olympics and set a world record, too. Not bad for someone who didn't even qualify four years ago. On a night featuring a relay duel between the Australians and the Americans, Vollmer got things started with a bang today in the 100-meter butterfly. She was third at the turn but powered to the wall for a time of 55.98 seconds, beating the record of 56.06 set by Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom in a since-banned high-tech bodysuit at the 2009 world championships.

In another race today, France upset favored Australia and the US to win the 4x100-meter freestyle relay. The Americans led all the way until Yannick Agnel pulled ahead of Ryan Lochte in the final lap. France clocked 3 minutes, 9.93 seconds, and the Americans settled for silver in 3:10.38. Russia took bronze in 3:11.41. Pre-race favorite Australia was fourth. It was sweet revenge for the French, who lost a close race to the Americans in Beijing four years ago.
 

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