BEIJING (AP) - Liu Zige has given China its first swimming gold
medal of the Beijing Olympics, winning the women's 200-meter
butterfly in a world record with her teammate Jiao Liuyang taking
Liu touched in 2 minutes, 4.18 seconds, bettering the old mark
of 2:05.40 set by Jess Schipper of Australia at the 2006 Pan
Pacific championships in Canada.
Jiao finished second in 2:04.72, also going under the previous
record. Schipper earned the bronze in 2:06.26.
Defending champion Otylia Jedrzejczak of Poland finished fourth.
Americans Elaine Breeden and Kathleen Hersey were seventh and