Olympics: American Schmitt dominates 200 meter freestyle, Franklin nipped for 3rd place

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LONDON | Allison Schmitt of the United States set an Olympic record to win the 200-meter freestyle at the London Games on Tuesday.

Schmitt clocked 1 minute, 53.61 seconds, shaving more than a second off the mark set by Italy’s Federica Pellegrini four years ago in Beijing.

The 400-meter champion Camille Muffat of France touched in 1:55.58 to take the silver and Bronte Barratt of Australia finished in 1:55.81 to get bronze.

Missy Franklin, the 17-year-old who attends Aurora’s Regis Jesuit High School, finished fourth and world-record holder Pellegrini was fifth.

“It’s definitely hard when I was so close,” Franklin told the Associated Press afterwards.

Franklin won a gold medal in the 100 meter backstroke on Monday and also has a bronze medal from the women’s 4×100 freestyle relay. She has four more events left and can still tie Natalie Coughlin’s record of six medals for an American woman at one Olympics if she gets one in each.

Aurora Sentinel Sports Editor Courtney Oakes contributed to this report