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Kaitlin Sandeno takes swimming gold

AP, BANGKOK

Kaitlin Sandeno swims on her way to winning the women's 200m butterfly at the Southern California Grand Prix of Swimming in Long Beach, California, on Jan. 13.

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Four-time Olympic medalist Kaitlin Sandeno of the US added a World University Games swimming gold to her collection on Friday, winning the 200m individual medley.

A former world record holder as part of the US 4x200m relay team that won gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics, Sandeno finished in a Games-record time of 2 minutes, 12.13 seconds.

Yana Klochkova of the Ukraine, a former world record holder in the 400m individual medley, was second in 2 minutes, 13.15 seconds. Klochkova held the previous Games mark of 2 minutes, 13.32 seconds set in 2003.

The two dueled throughout the race before Sandeno, competing in her first University Games, pulled away on the last lap. Svetlana Karpeeva of Russia was 1.2 seconds behind Klochkova to take bronze.

"It was a little bit of a double whammy," Sandeno said of winning the race and improving on Klochkova's record. "I wanted to break 12 [seconds] but I'll take it."

It was her first international medal since the 2004 Olympics.

"I feel like I'm getting back into the swing of things," said Sandeno, who could swim in three more races here, including the 400m individual medley.

The US picked up its second swim gold of the night when the American men won the 4x100m freestyle relay in 3 minutes, 16.06seconds, more than 2.5 seconds ahead of second-place Canada.

The US have three golds overall at the games, all in the pool. The first came on Thursday when the US women's team won the freestyle relay over the same distance.

In other swim finals on Friday, Canadian Mackenzie Downing won the women's 100m butterfly in 58.88 seconds, Japan's Aya Terakawa took gold in the women's 50m backstroke and Germany's Britta Steffen won the women's 100m freestyle gold.

overall lead

Russia leads the overall gold medal lead with six thanks to the accuracy of its shooting team and wins in the women's shot put and pole vault.

On the second full day of medal events, Russia's 50m pistol team of Leonid Ekimov, Alexey Gnidchenko and Andrey Brayko won gold with a score of 1,658 points. Ekimov won gold on his own in the individual competition.

The US rebounded from a big loss against Lithuania to beat another men's basketball favorite on Friday.

The US, represented by the University of Northern Iowa, defeated Angola 84-26 to even their record at 1-1 in preliminary play.

On Tuesday, Lithuania beat the US 97-63 in a game in which the US never threatened to control, trailing 32-10 after the first period. On Friday, it was a different story, with the US leading Angola 23-5 after the opening quarter.

Jordan Egiseder led the US on Friday with 16 points, while captain Jared Josten added 13.

In 18 World University Games, the US has won 13 gold medals in men's basketball while posting an overall record of 125-7.

acclimatized

US coach Ben Jacobson said it was a case of his team getting used to the conditions.

"The game is so different than the college game, and Lithuania was our first experience in the international format," Jacobsen said. "Having one game under our belt in international play, and coming out to a physical game with Lithuania, we were much more ready to play today."

The US women, represented by the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, lost its first basketball game after two straight wins. Russia, led by Evgenia Belyakova's 24 points, won 78-42.

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