Former NC State sprinter Cullen Jones helped the world-record holding team earn the first gold medal of the World Championships in the 400m freestyle relay. Jones swam the third leg of the relay that turned in a championship-record time of 3:12.72 in Melbourne, Australia.
The world record-holding team of Michael Phelps (Baltimore, Md.), Neil Walker (Verona, Wis.), Cullen Jones (New Brunswick, N.J.) and Jason Lezak (Irvine, Calif.) earned Team USA’s first gold medal of this meet, posting a championship-record time of 3:12.72. Phelps opened the race to an early lead, and the team never trailed as it broke its own championship mark of 3:13.77 set at the 2005 World Championships in Montreal. Italy took the silver medal in 3:14.04, and France finished third in 3:14.68.
Jones will also continue his run as one of the top young international swimmers as he will compete in his signature event, the 50m freestyle later this week.
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(Some information from this article is courtesy of USASwimming.org.)