updated 8/12/2008 10:19:52 PM ET 2008-08-13T02:19:52

Federica Pellegrini of Italy has won the 200-meter freestyle at the Beijing Olympics, lowering her own world record set a day earlier.

She won in 1 minute, 54.82 seconds, erasing her previous time of 1:55.45.

Sara Isakovic of Slovenia took the silver in 1:54.97. Pang Jiaying of China earned the bronze in 1:55.05, giving the Chinese women their first swimming medal of these games.

American Katie Hoff finished fourth in 1:55.78, the first time in three events she failed to medal.

In the 200-meter individual medley, Stephanie Rice of Australia won the gold in a world record. She won in 2 minutes, 8.45 seconds, erasing her mark of 2:08.92 set at the Australian trials in March.

Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe took the silver in 2:08.59, also below the previous world record.

Natalie Coughlin of the United States won the bronze in 2:10.34, her third medal of the games.
Hoff picked up her second fourth-place of the morning, finishing behind Coughlin in 2:10.68.

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