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      Schmitt anchors U.S. to gold in 4x200 free relay

      Allison Schmitt was the anchor leg in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay, helping the U.S. team capture gold.

      Allison Schmitt pushed the United States in front in the anchor leg to win the 4x200-meter freestyle relay at the London Olympics on Wednesday.

      The Americans, whose team included Missy Franklin, of Centennial, Colo., and Alyssa Anderson, of Granite Bay, Calif., clocked an Olympic-record 7 minutes, 42.92 seconds.

      Australia led by a half-second entering the anchor leg but hadto settle for silver in 7:44.41.

      France touched third in 7:47.49.