Australia breaks world record in 400 medley relay
MELBOURNE, Australia – Australia lowered its own world record in the women’s 400-meter medley relay at the world swimming championships Saturday night.
Emily Seebohm, Leisel Jones, Jess Schipper and Libby Lenton touched in 3 minutes, 55.74 seconds, bettering the old mark of 3:56.30 at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne last March.
Americans Natalie Coughlin, Tara Kirk, Rachel Komisarz and Lacey Nymeyer took the silver in 3:58.31 ” the country’s fourth consecutive runner-up finish.
China earned the bronze in 4:01.97.
Coughlin had the Americans in front and 0.40 seconds under world-record pace on her opening leg of backstroke.
But Jones, the 100 breaststroke world champion, outraced Kirk and put the Aussies in front for good. Lenton, the 100 freestyle champion, cruised home with Nymeyer in her wake.