World record for Vollmer as Gandy fades
Dana Vollmer on her way to winning gold and setting a new world record in the women's 100m butterfly final
Ellen Gandy was eighth as the United States' Dana Vollmer won the Olympic 100 metres butterfly title in a new world record of 55.98 seconds in London.
For Melbourne-based Gandy it was her first Olympic final and there was little expectation that she would challenge for medals with the 200m her favoured event. The American had been favourite coming in to the final having set an Olympic record on Saturday a year after being crowned world champion in Shanghai.
Vollmer took 0.08secs off Sarah Sjostrom's 2009 world record as she added the Olympic title to the gold she won in Athens in 2004 as a 16-year-old member of the triumphant 4x200m freestyle squad.
Lu Ying of China was second in 56.87secs with Australia's Alicia Coutts third 0.07 adrift.
Gandy touched in 57.76 with just 0.59 separating fourth to eighth and the former Beckenham swimmer said: "It was great to be part of an historic race and the crowd was amazing.
"I was the first swimmer out and it was so loud. You can also hear them on the second 50 which is unusual. I would have liked to swim faster but I was pleased to make the final and I still have my main event to come."
Team GB's Robbie Renwick reached his second 200m freestyle final, four years after finishing eighth.
The City of Glasgow swimmer was equal sixth in the semi-finals in 1:46.65 with Sun Yang fastest through as he looks for his second Olympic title after his triumph in the 400m last night.
Renwick said: "Absolutely fantastic, an Olympic final that's what it's all about. And once you get in the final anything can happen. I feel like I have a lot left."