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U.S. women set world record to win medley relay

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Aug 1, 2012; London, United Kingdom; (LtoR) USA swimmers Allison Schmitt - Dana Vollmer - Shannon Vreeland and Missy Franklin celebrate after winning the gold medal in the women's 4x200m freestyle relay final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Aquatics Centre. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

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

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.

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