London Olympics Swimming: Schmitt wins women`s 200m freestyle

London: US swimmer Alison Schmitt stormed to grab the gold in the women`s 200 metres freestyle final at the London Olympics.

Schmitt clocked an Olympic record time of 1 minute, 53.61 to win comfortably ahead of Camile Muffat of France, who timed 1:55.58 Tuesday.

Bronte Barratt of Australia claimed the bronze in 1:55.88, with Missy Franklin of the United States missing out on a podium place by one hundredth of a second.