London Olympics 2012: Allison Schmitt Wins Gold, Sets World Record As Part Of 4x100m Relay Team

Allison Schmitt of Canton, Michigan, was a key part of the women's 4x100m medley relay that not only brought home the gold on Saturday, but set a world-record time doing it. The team posted a total time of 3:52.05, breaking the previous record of 3:52.19 set by China in 2009.

Schmitt was selected as the anchor of the team, swimming the freestyle leg. The other American swimmers included Missy Franklin (backstroke), Rebecca Soni (breaststroke), and Dana Vollmer (butterfly).

The Americans beat out Australia (silver) and Japan (bronze) for the win. Australia finished with a differential of 1.97 seconds.

This is Schmitt's fifth medal of the 2012 Olympics, earning three golds, a silver and a bronze. In addition to the new record she helped set Saturday, Schmitt also posted an Olympic record in the 200-meter freestyle. She was selected for Saturday's relay over Natalie Coughlin, who would have been competing for her 13th total medal.

Stay right here with this StoryStream for more coverage of local athletes at the Summer Games. Also be sure to check out SB Nation's Olympic hub for more analysis from London.

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