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Soni and Phelps Win Gold Medals

Thursday, August 02, 2012

US swimmer Rebecca Soni shows off her gold medal after the podium ceremony. (MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/GettyImages)

Rebecca Soni of Plainsboro, New Jersey, has won a gold medal in the Women's 200m breaststroke at the Olympics on Thursday, and set another world record in the process. Michael Phelps won a gold in the men's 200m individual medley, upping his career record medal haul to a record 20.

Soni swam in clocked 2 minutes, 19.59 seconds to improve on her own mark from Wednesday's semifinals by 0.41 seconds. It was her second medal of the games and her first gold.

Her time was also the sixth world record in the pool at these games.

Satomi Suzuki of Japan touched in 2:20.72 to take the silver medal and Iuliia Efimova of Russia finished in 2:20.92 for bronze.

Soni was also favored to win the 100 breast but took silver behind surprise 15-year-old winner Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania.

Meilutyte did not enter the 200.

Phelps' win was his first individual gold medal of the London Olympics. He clocked 1 minute, 54.27 seconds for his 16th overall gold medal.

Teammate Ryan Lochte touched in 1:54.90 to take the silver medal and Laszlo Cseh of Hungary was third in 1:56.22.

With the Associated Press

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