Source: Xinhua

08-11-2008 12:57

Special Report:   2008 Beijing Olympic Games

BEIJING, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- The United States swimmers shattered their own 4X100 freestyle relay world record again in the most intense race so far at the Beijing Games here on Monday.

U.S. swimmers Michael Phelps,Weber-Gale,Cullen Jones and Jason Lezak (L to R) listen to their national anthem during the awarding ceremony of men's 4X100m freestyle relay at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in the National Aquatics Center, also known as the Water Cube in Beijing, China, Aug. 11, 2008. The United States set a new world record and won the gold medal in the event with 3 minutes 8.24 seconds. (Xinhua/Fei Maohua)
U.S. swimmers Michael Phelps,Weber-Gale,Cullen Jones and Jason Lezak 
(L to R) listen to their national anthem during the awarding ceremony 
of men's 4X100m freestyle relay at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in 
the National Aquatics Center, also known as the Water Cube in Beijing,
 China, Aug. 11, 2008. The United States set a new world record and won 
the gold medal in the event with 3 minutes 8.24 seconds. (Xinhua/Fei Maohua)

American quartet of Michael Phelps, Garrett Weber-Gale, Cullen Jones and Jason Lezak recorded 3:08.24, out-touching the French rivals by 0.08 seconds. The new world record is 3.99 seconds faster than the previous one they set in Sunday's heats.

Australia took the bronze in 3:09.91.