U.S. Takes Gold in Medley

800-meter freestyle medley
By Patrick Hopkins,  Newser User
Posted Apr 1, 2007 3:51 PM CDT
(From L to R) US Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps celebrate their...    (Getty Images (by Event))

(Newser) – The U.S. 800-meter freestyle relay team of Michael Phelps, Klete Keller, Ryan Lochte and Peter Vanderkaay won gold and set a world record Friday night. The team's time of 7:03.24 is 1.42 seconds better than the previous mark, set by Australia in 2001 at the world championships

It was the fifth gold for Phelps and the second world record for Lochte, who earlier won gold and earned his own world record in the 200-meter backstroke.  The victories in the 200-meter backstroke and 800-meter freestyle medley give the United States 26 medals total, the most of any country competing.