U.S. swimmers Allsion Schmitt (in water), Dana Vollmer, Rebecca Soni and Missy Franklin awaiting results in the women's 4x100m medley relay final at the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 4, 2012 in London. (LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages)
LONDON -- Three of their swimmers had broken world records this week in their signature events, so it shouldn't have come as any surprise that the American women won the 4x100-meter medley relay in world-record time Saturday night.
Missy Franklin (backstroke), Rebecca Soni (breaststroke), Dana Vollmer (butterfly) and UGA's Allison Schmitt (freestyle) combined for a time of 3:52.05. Australia won silver, and Japan earned bronze.
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The medal is the fifth of the Games for both Franklin and Schmitt, two of USA's breakout stars.
Franklin, 17, will leave London with four gold medals and one bronze. Her two most impressive gold medals were her two individual ones, in the 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke. She set a world record in the 200 back Friday night.
A major concern about Franklin's Olympic program heading into these Games was whether it was too ambitious. She competed in seven events (she did not medal in either freestyle), which is the most for an American woman ever.
The night before her final event, the medley relay, Franklin said she was surprised that she wasn't more tired. She said being a part of the U.S. team and feeding off others' success and motivation helped.
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It's fitting that Franklin's final medal comes in a relay considering how much she values the team atmosphere at these Olympics.