There is still a week to go in London, but it's a good bet that after all the drama ends, Britons will look back on Saturday night as a moment the games turned in their favor. Team Great Britain snagged three track and field gold medals on the game's biggest stage. NPR's Tom Goldman reports.
After the 2008 Olympics, organizers re-wrote the rules to outlaw Speedo's lightning-fast full-body swimsuits. The company went back to the drawing board and came up with a new system — and it's helping speed top swimmers like Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte to the medal stand.
Swimming in London's Aquatic Center, the U.S. women's 4x100m medley relay team set a new world record in winning a gold medal, with Allison Schmitt swimming freestyle to anchor a relay that finished two seconds ahead of the competition, at 3:52.05.
Swimming the final race of his Olympic career, Michael Phelps gilded his resume just a bit more, helping the men's 4x100m medley relay team claim the gold medal. Phelps turned away a surprising challenge from the Japanese relay team, which had the lead when he went into the water to swim butterfly.
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