Olympics swimming: Rebecca Soni wins gold and breaks record

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Rebecca Soni takes gold and world record

American Rebecca Soni beat her own world record as she won gold in the women's 200m breaststroke.

The 25-year-old clocked two minutes and 19.59 seconds to become the first swimmer to successfully defend an Olympic title at London 2012 and the first woman to break 2:20.00.

"I've been chasing that for years, that was for my old coach Tom who told me I was going to go that fast," she said.

Japan's Satomi Suzuki took silver while Russia's Iuliia Efimova finished third.

On breaking the historic mark, Soni added: "I kept it to myself as a secret goal, but that was for Tom. He believed in me more than any coach I've known, but as a young kid he was someone I looked up to and he kept pushing me."

Soni trailed South Africa's Suzaan van Biljon after 50m, but she broke free of the field down the second 50m and kept world-record pace throughout to beat Suzuki by 1.13 seconds and claim her second medal of London 2012 after her silver in the women's 100m breaststroke.

It is also the USA's 11th gold in the Aquatics Centre.

Final Results

Final results by Athlete
Rank Athlete Country Medal moment Result
1 Soni USA 2:19.59 WR
2 Suzuki JPN 2:20.72 =AS
3 Efimova RUS 2:20.92 EU

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