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U.S. Takes Gold in Medley

800-meter freestyle medley
By Patrick Hopkins,  Newser User
Posted Apr 1, 2007 3:51 PM CDT

(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

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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. (Read more Ryan Lochte stories.)

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