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Olympics: Record-smashing start for Aussie women

03:56 PM August 07, 2016
Australia's Emma McKeon, Brittany Elmslie, Bronte Campbell and Cate Campbell celebrate after winning the gold medal and setting a new world record in the women's 4x100-meter freestyle final during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. AP

Australia’s Emma McKeon, Brittany Elmslie, Bronte Campbell and Cate Campbell celebrate after winning the gold medal and setting a new world record in the women’s 4×100-meter freestyle final during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. AP

Australia’s women lowered the 4x100m freestyle world record to capture their country’s second gold on the opening night of swimming competition at the Rio Olympics.

Emma McKeon, Brittany Elmslie, Bronte Campbell and individual world record-holder Cate Campbell clocked 3min 30.65sec to hold off the United States, who claimed silver in 3:31.89 with Canada third in 3:32.89.

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Australia improved on the world record of 3:30.98 set by an Australian quartet at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on July 24, 2014.

“Definitely my favorite race ever, in an Olympic final with my sister and two girls I have known since I was 12, 13 years old and a gold and a world record. You can’t ask for more,” said Bronte Campbell. “Every kid dreams of it, it’s what we always hoped for.”

Elder sister Cate, who set the individual 100m free world record in July, said the Aussies’ status as favorites hadn’t led to over-confidence.

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