Two UGA swimmers win gold in London

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swimmer Allison Schmitt competes in the women's 200m freestyle semifinals during the London 2012 Olympic Games (Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports)



Women's 4x200m freestyle relay
UGA's Allison Schmitt pushed the United States in front in the anchor leg to win the 4x200-meter freestyle relay at the London Olympics on Wednesday. 

Georgia swimmer Shannon Vreeland was also on the team.

"I'm just happy as heck for Shannon and Allison," said Georgia coach Jack Bauerle, who is in London. "Having two of the four ladies on the relay was a real point of pride for all of us. It was so much fun to watch the two of them swim the back half of the relay and get up on that medal stand. That was such a great relay. I could not be more proud of Shannon and Allison for what they did for Georgia and for the U.S."

The Americans clocked an Olympic-record 7 minutes, 42.92 seconds. 

Australia led by a half-second entering the anchor leg but had to settle for silver in 7:44.41. 

France touched third in 7:47.49.

Men's 200m breaststroke

Daniel Gyurta of Hungary set a world record to win the 200-meter breaststroke at the London Olympics on Wednesday.

Gyurta clocked 2 minutes, 7.28 seconds, shaving 0.03 off the previous mark set by Christian Sprenger of Australia at the 2009 world championships in a now-banned bodysuit.

Michael Jamieson of Britain touched in 2:07.43 to take the silver medal and Ryo Tateishi of Japan finished in 2:08.29 for bronze.

Two-time defending champion Kosuke Kitajima of Japan finished fourth, ending his bid to become the first man to win the same swimming event at three consecutive Olympics.

Women's 200m butterfly
Jiao Liuyang of China set an Olympic record to win the women's 200-meter butterfly at the London Games on Wednesday.

Jiao was second at the final turn but sprinted into the lead to touch in 2 minutes, 4.06 seconds, 0.12 quicker than countrywoman Liu Zige's time at the 2008 Beijing Games.

Mireia Belmonte Garcia of Spain touched in 2:05.25 to take the silver medal and Natsumi Hoshi of Japan finished in 2:05.48 to take bronze.

Athens-native Kathleen Hersey finished fourth.

Men's 100m freestyle
Nathan Adrian of the United States won the men's 100-meter freestyle by the smallest of margins at the London Olympics on Wednesday.

Adrian clocked 47.52 seconds to win by 0.01 ahead of world champion James "The Missile" Magnussen of Australia.

Magnussen touched in 47.53 to take the silver medal and Brent Hayden of Canada finished in 47.80 for bronze.

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