U.S. women swim for gold in freestyle relay

Ross Houston
August 12, 2016

Schmitt won the 2012 Olympic title in the 200m freestyle, and Smith won a bronze in the 400m free behind Ledecky earlier in the week.

In the final leg of the relay, Ledecky came from behind to beat Australia as the US won in 7:43.03.

However, the favorite for that race has to be Hungary's Katinka Hosszu, who topped the prelim heats with a time of 2:06.09 and is seeking her fourth gold medal of the Rio Games.

With a gold medal in the 800, she would become just the second female Olympian to win three individual freestyle events, matching Debbie Meyer's feat from 1968.

The US team of Allison Schmitt, Leah Smith, Maya Dirado and Ledecky finished in 7 minutes 43.03 seconds at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on Wednesday evening, reports Xinhua.

Missy Franklin, who had qualified second in the 200 free at USA trials six weeks ago, did not get to swim the final, adding to a disappointing week for the darling of the London Games.

By competing in the semis, Franklin earns her first medal of the Rio Games to go along with the four golds and one bronze she won four years ago in her Olympic debut in London.

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