Source: Xinhua

08-15-2008 10:45

Special Report:   2008 Beijing Olympic Games

BEIJING, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- American Rebecca Soni broke the world record to win the women's 200m breaststroke gold medal at the Beijing Olympic Games here on Friday.

Rebecca Soni of the United States competes during the final of women's 200m breaststroke at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in the National Aquatics Center, also known as the Water Cube in Beijing, China, Aug. 15, 2008. Rebecca Soni won the gold medal with a new world record of 2 minutes 20.22 seconds. (Xinhua)
Rebecca Soni of the United States competes during the final of 
women's 200m breaststroke at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in 
the National Aquatics Center, also known as the Water Cube in 
Beijing, China, Aug. 15, 2008. Rebecca Soni won the gold medal 
with a new world record of 2 minutes 20.22 seconds. (Xinhua)

Soni clocked in 2:20.22 to beat the previous world record of 2:20.54 set by Australian Leisel Jones in February, 2006.

Jones got the silver in 2:22.05 and Sara Nordenstam of Norway had the bronze in 2:23.02.