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USA’s relay won the 400 medley relay with a world record of 3:29.34, beating their own world record of 3:30.68 set at the Olympics in Athens 2004, and securing Phelps his record breaking 8th gold medal. The Australian women also set at 400 medley relay world record, beating their own world mark of 3:55.74 with a new world record of 3:52.69.
Both 400 IM world records were bettered at the 2008 Olympics yesterday, when first USA’s Michael Phelps swam 4:03.84, smashing his own world record of 4:05.25 from the U.S. Olympic Trials, and Australia’s Stephanie Rice swam 4:29.45, more than half a second faster than the 4:31.12 of Katie Hoff from the U.S. Trials.
First Hayley McGregory bettered the 100 Backstroke of Natalie Coughlin with a 59.15 (Coughlin’s WR was 59.21), and then Coughlin took it back in the next heat with a 59.03.
Couchlin’s own comments after the swim
Katie Hoff beat Australia’s Stephanie Rice’s time of 4:31.46 with the new world record 4:31.12. And Phelps bettered his own world record to 4:05.25, in a race where Ryan Lochte with 4:06.08 also went under the former world record of 4:06.22. Read here and here at SwimInfo.
Here is Phelps’ world record
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