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U.S. Women Break World And American Records At Short-Course Swimming World Championships

By Craig Bohnert | Dec. 07, 2016, 9:55 p.m. (ET)

Lilly King and Ali DeLoof celebrate their gold medal in the 4x50-meter medley at the 13th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) at the WFCU Centre on Dec. 7, 2016 in Windsor, Ontario.

Wednesday was ladies’ night at the 13th FINA World Swimming Championships for short-course distances at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario, as the U.S. women won four medals, including a relay gold in world-record fashion.

Olympians Lilly King and Kelsi Worrell led the way, comprising half of the relay team that took 0.77 seconds off the world record in the 4x50-meter medley, then continued the evening with podium finishes in individual events.

University of Michigan senior Ali DeLoof and Katrina Konopka, a freshman at the University of Arizona, rounded out the record-setting relay team that swam 1:43.27, 2.11 ahead of silver medalist Italy. The Americans’ time rewrote the mark set by Denmark two years ago.

King, a two-time Olympic champion in Rio, returned to the pool to take gold in the women’s 50-meter breaststroke, covering the distance in 28.92 seconds to beat out Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson by 0.09. Molly Hannis joined her Olympic teammate on the podium, taking bronze in 29.58 seconds. 

Worrell scored her third medal and first individual podium of the meet in the women’s 200-meter butterfly, where she finished second to three-time Olympic champion Katinka Hosszu of Hungary. Hosszu touched in 2:02.15, 0.74 seconds ahead of Worrell’s American-record time of 2:02.89. Ella Eastin placed fourth, 0.56 seconds off the podium.

Team USA has collected nine medals in two days, with seven won by women. The world championships continue through Sunday.

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