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Ye Shiwen sets world record in women's 400-meter IM

July 28, 2012|By Lisa Dillman
  • China's Ye Shiwen, right, hugs third-place finisher Li Xuanxu of China after winning in world-record time.
China's Ye Shiwen, right, hugs third-place finisher Li Xuanxu of… (Mark J. Terrill / Associated…)

LONDON -- The swimming community thought that a world record -- or two -- might be produced at the London Olympics, in this new age of the textile suits.

It's a good guess that it was not anticipated to unfold the opening night of swimming.

The woman to move the 400-meter individual medley forward was Ye Shiwen of China, who set the first world record of these Olympics, winning in 4 minutes 28.43 seconds.

Stephanie Rice of Australia held the record, of 4:29.45, set at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

American Elizabeth Beisel was second in 4:31.27, 2.84 seconds behind Ye. Team USA has won three medals in three finals on Saturday night.

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