Schmitt sets record against deep field

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  • Updated: August 1, 2012 - 12:05 AM

The United States' Allison Schmitt proudly displayed her gold medal after winning the women's 200-meter freestyle on Tuesday in London.

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Allison Schmitt set an Olympic record in winning the gold medal in the 200 freestyle, thrashing a deep field that included the previous record holder, the defending gold medalist, the fastest qualifier and U.S. teammate Missy Franklin.

Schmitt won in a time of 1 minute 53.61 seconds. Camille Muffat of France, who had set an Olympic record in qualifying, took the silver in 1:55.58 and Bronte Barrett of Australia, the top qualifier, the bronze (1:55.81).

Muffat won the gold in the 400 freestyle Sunday, setting an Olympic record, and beating Schmitt into second. She and Schmitt were beaten by Barrett in the semifinals of the 200 free.

Franklin was fourth, failing to add a third medal in her third final at these games. Franklin raced in Lane 8 because she had qualified eighth Monday night, about 20 minutes before she dove back in the pool and won the gold in the 100 backstroke.

Ye, supporters fend off doping accusations

China's Ye Shiwen set an Olympic record to win her second gold of the London Games, adding the 200 individual medley title to a world-record performance in the 400 IM that sparked suspicions about doping. Everyone from her fellow swimmers to the International Olympic Committee have come to her defense, and she put aside any distractions to win again.

The questions didn't stop. The teenager was peppered with drug-related queries at her news conference, including a reporter asking her point-black if she had ever used banned substances.

"Absolutely not," Ye said through a translator.

The 16-year-old took the lead in the final lap and clocked 2:07.57, shaving 0.18 off her own mark set in Monday's semifinal. Alicia Coutts of Australia touched in 2:08.15 to take the silver medal and Caitlin Leverenz of the United States finished in 2:08.95 to take bronze.

Don't tell us!

The spoiler "Today" show promo that told viewers that Missy Franklin had won the 100-meter backstroke during Monday night's Olympic broadcast was not screened before it was shown, an NBC executive said Tuesday. The promo aired several minutes before NBC showed the race.

"They said, 'Let's try to crash the spot and rush it to air,' and I think they miscalculated a little bit about where the show was," said John Miller, the chief marketing officer of the NBC Universal Group.

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