LONDON – American swimmers won five medals – three gold, a silver and a bronze – Saturday at the 2012Rebecca Soni (medium)Olympic Games. Leading the way was Rebecca Soni, who won gold and set a world record in the women’s 200m breaststroke with a time of 2:19.59.

Tyler Clary and Michael Phelps also won gold in the men’s 200m backstroke and 200m IM, respectively. Clary’s time of 1:53.41 in the 200m back set an Olympic record.

Phelps’s effort established another first in his career: he is now the first male swimmer to defend the same individual Olympic title in three consecutive Games. His time in the 200m IM was 1:54.27.

Also winning medals for the U.S. Thursday was Ryan Lochte, who took silver in the men’s 200m IM in 1:54.90 and bronze in the men’s 200m back in 1:53.94.

The Americans' medal count in the pool now stands at 23 – 11 gold, 7 silver and 5 bronze.


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