Women's 400m IM Final: Shiwen Ye Sets World Record, Elizabeth Beisel Wins Silver

China's Shiwen Ye, just 16-years old, won gold in the Women's 400m IM finals Saturday at the 2012 Summer Olympics. American Elizabeth Beisel won the silver medal.

Ye finished in a time of 4:28.43, setting a new world record in the process, and touching the wall almost a full three seconds ahead of Beisel (4:31.27). China's Xuanxu Li took home the bronze medal (4:32.91).

For Beisel, it's third silver medal in the Olympics after finishing second twice at the 2008 Games. In the 400m IM in Beijing, as a 15-year-old, she finished fourth. Beisel's silver on Saturday was also the third medal won by the United States in three events in the pool.

The previous world record in the 400m IM was 4:29.45, set by Australia's Stephanie Price in Beijing in 2008 -- Ye, the 2011 Pacific Rim Swimmer of the Year, beat that mark by nearly a full second.

For complete coverage of the London Games, visit our 2012 Summer Olympics hub.

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