BEIJING, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Stephanie Rice of Australia won the Olympic gold medal Sunday in the women's 400-meter individual medley.
It was the first medal for Australia in the Beijing Games.
Rice smashed the world record of American Katie Hoff, swimming the distance in 4:29.45. She became the first female to break 4:30 in the event.
The silver medal went to Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe and the bronze was taken by Hoff.