UGA's Schmitt wins gold in London

LONDON -- UGA's Allison Schmitt set an Olympic record to win the 200-meter freestyle Tuesday at the London Games, becoming the first Georgia swimmer to win gold in an individual Olympic event.

The American clocked 1 minute, 53.61 seconds, shaving more than a second off the mark set by Italy's Federica Pellegrini four years ago in Beijing.

The 400-meter champion Camille Muffat of France touched in 1:55.58 to take the silver, and Bronte Barratt of Australia finished in 1:55.81 to earn bronze.

American teenager Missy Franklin finished fourth and world-record holder Pellegrini was fifth.

This was Schmitt’s third medal of these Olympics, having already won silver in the 400 freestyle and bronze in the 4x100 freestyle relay.

Schmitt took off the last year from college to focus on the Olympics, training in Baltimore with superstar Michael Phelps and coach Bob Bowman. She intends to return to Athens, Ga., after the Olympics to complete her degree and compete for Jack Bauerle’s Lady Bulldogs in her senior season.