Jul 28, 2012; London, United Kingdom; Shiwen Yi (CHN) celebrates after winning the women's 400m individual medley finals during the 2012 London Olympic Games at Aquatics Centre. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
LONDON (AP) - China's Yi Shiwen set the first world record at the Olympic pool, winning the women's 400-meter individual medley with a dominant finishing kick Saturday night.
The 16-year-old Yi trailed American teenager Elizabeth Beisel more than halfway through the grueling race but pulled away in the freestyle leg to win gold in 4 minutes, 28.43 seconds. She beat the mark of 4:29.45 set by Stephanie Rice at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Beisel settled for silver in 4:31.27, while China's Li Xuanxu took the bronze in 4:32.91.
Yi was the second Chinese swimmer to win gold on the opening night of swimming competition at the London Olympics. Sun Yang won the men's 400 freestyle.
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