London: Allison Schmitt anchored the American girls to Olympic gold in the 4x200 metres freestyle relay in London.

Schmitt charged down Australia's Alicia Coutts to take gold for the US in 7 minutes, 43.92 seconds, an Olympic record."I knew it was going to be close," Schmitt said Wednesday.

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"I was just trying to swim my own race and save legs on that first 50m, just like I did last night and bring it home strong for the US."Coutts, meanwhile, focused on the positives.

"I got a phone call at quarter past twelve on Thursday telling me I was in the relay. I was a bit nervous coming in.

Hopefully, I made the girls proud with what I did."The Australians, who won the 4x100m relay Saturday, clocked 7:44.41, while France, the early leader, hung on for bronze in 7:47.49.


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