With a time of 2 minutes and 19.59 seconds, American Rebecca Soni took the gold in the women's 200-meter breaststroke on Thursday — and broke the world record of 2 minutes and 20.00 seconds that she just set in the semifinals on Wednesday. The win makes Soni the first gold medalist from the 2008 Beijing Olympics to successfully defend her title in London, as well as the first woman ever to defend her title in the 200-meter breaststroke.
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