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Australian Rice wins women's 200m individual medley with world record

2008-08-13 03:19:23 GMT2008-08-13 11:19:23 (Beijing Time) Xinhua English

Stephanie Rice of Australia celebrates after the final of women's 200m individual medley at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in the National Aquatics Center, also known as the Water Cube in Beijing, China, Aug. 13, 2008. Stephanie Rice won the gold medal with 2 minute 8.45 seconds and set a new world record. (Xinhua/Chen Kai)

Stephanie Rice of Australia competes during the final of women's 200m individual medley at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in the National Aquatics Center, also known as the Water Cube in Beijing, China, Aug. 13, 2008. Stephanie Rice won the gold medal with 2 minute 8.45 seconds and set a new world record. (Xinhua/Fei Maohua)

Stephanie Rice of Australia celebrates after the final of women's 200m individual medley at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in the National Aquatics Center, also known as the Water Cube in Beijing, China, Aug. 13, 2008. Stephanie Rice won the gold medal with 2 minute 8.45 seconds and set a new world record. (Xinhua/Chen Kai)

Stephanie Rice of Australia reaacts after the final of women's 200m individual medley at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in the National Aquatics Center, also known as the Water Cube in Beijing, China, Aug. 13, 2008. Stephanie Rice won the gold medal with 2 minute 8.45 seconds and set a new world record. (Xinhua/Chen Kai)

Stephanie Rice of Australia reaacts after the final of women's 200m individual medley at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in the National Aquatics Center, also known as the Water Cube in Beijing, China, Aug. 13, 2008. Stephanie Rice won the gold medal with 2 minute 8.45 seconds and set a new world record. (Xinhua/Chen Kai)

BEIJING, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- Stephanie Rice of Australia broke the world record to win the women's 200m individual medley gold medal at the Beijing Olympic Games here on Wednesday.

Rice clocked in 2:08.45 to beat her previous world record of 2:08.92 set in March, 2008.

Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe took the silver in 2:08.59 and Natalie Coughlin of the United States won the bronze in 2:10.34.

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