|USA swimmer Camille Adams was swimming in her first Olympic final but could not earn a medal. (US Presswire)|
Another race, another record. This is like Beijing all over again.
China's Jiao Liuyang set an Olympic record Wednesday with her 2:04.06 swim in the women's 200-meter butterfly, her second career Olympic medal in the event. It means another medal in the swimming inventory for the Chinese, who've shown themselves to be as proficient as the United States thus far in the pool.
In this particular race, the Americans finished out of the medaling. Kathleen Hersey, who was expected to medal, took fourth place (2:05.78). Camille Adams (pictured above), the 20-year-old American swimmer who attends Texas A&M, swam in lane 1 and finished fifth (2:06.78).
Spain's Mireia Belmonte Garcia 2:05.25 swim meant she was good for silver; the bronze went to Japan's Natsumi Hoshi, who touched in 2:05.48. Belmonte Garcia had a sizable lead going into the final lap, by Jiao positively steamed back.
Liu Zige, who won gold in this event four years ago, wound up taking last -- yet she was ahead halfway through the race. To date, no woman has ever won this event twice at the Olympics.