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More swim records fall: Muffat in 400 free; van der Burgh in 100 breaststroke

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer
Muffat (left) celebrates with French teammate Coralie Balmy after winning the 400 free finals Sunday. (U.S. Presswire)

So much for all those dire predictions of records set during the high-tech bodysuit era standing for decades.

They're falling quickly at the Olympic Aquatics Centre in London.

Moments after the United States' Dana Vollmer set a new world record in the women's 100-meter butterfly, two more benchmarks were wiped out in the ensuing pair of races.

The next to fall came by way of Cameron van der Burgh, who touched the wall in a world-record 58.46 seconds in the men's 100-meter breaststroke. The South African's finish time was 0.12 seconds better than the mark set by Brenton Rickard of Australia at the 2009 world championships in Rome.

Christian Sprenger of Australia took silver in 58.93 and Brendan Hansen of the United States claimed bronze in 59.49.

Then France's Camille Muffat, who cruised to a gold and set a new Olympic record in the 400-meter women's freestyle event. Muffat's 4:01.45 beat out American Gail Schmitt, who took silver. Schmitt's time of 4:01.77 was good enough to set a new American record.

Muffat and Schmitt paced each other the whole way, and in the end Muffat's touch comes out to less than half a swim stroke ahead of Schmitt's.

The bronze went to British great Rebecca Adlington, who couldn't add to her gold total, instead clocking 4:03.01 to place third. She was favored to win, but as we're seeing with numerous records falling and the likes of Michael Phelps finishing off the podium, London's not offering up the poolside script we expected.

And that's fine by me. Swimming is normally one of the more predictable Summer Olympics events. Bring on the surprises.

 
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