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Soni Breaks Record On Way To Gold In 200m Breaststroke

Filed by KOSU News in US News.
August 2, 2012

American Rebecca Soni has won a gold medal at the London Summer Olympics, winning the women’s 200-meter breaststroke in a race that she led from start to finish. She also set a new world record, at 2 minutes and 19.59 seconds.

The win is a vindication for Soni, 25, who lost to Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte in the 100-meter breaststroke. Meilytyte did not enter the 200-meter event, in which Soni is the defending gold medalist from the 2008 Beijing Games.

In taking charge of Thursday’s final, Soni broke the world record of 2 minutes and 20 seconds that she had set in her qualifying race Wednesday evening. She

In an interview of Soni by NPR’s Margot Adler earlier this year, Soni described how she was working on her starts, and her turns. And she also revealed that she’d also finally learned how to take a day off from her rigorous training. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

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