NEWS
07/25/2011 02:22 EDT | Updated 09/23/2011 05:12 EDT

Vollmer wins women's 100 butterfly gold at world championships

SHANGHAI - Dana Vollmer has given the United States its first gold medal in pool swimming at the world championships, hauling in Australian Alicia Coutts in the final 20 metres to win gold in the 100-meter butterfly.

Vollmer finished in a time of 56.87 seconds. Coutts, who was nearly half a second under the world record after 50 metres, finished second in 56.94, while China's Lu Ying earned bronze in 57.06

SHANGHAI - Dana Vollmer has given the United States its first gold medal in pool swimming at the world championships, hauling in Australian Alicia Coutts in the final 20 metres to win gold in the 100-meter butterfly.

Vollmer finished in a time of 56.87 seconds. Coutts, who was nearly half a second under the world record after 50 metres, finished second in 56.94, while China's Lu Ying earned bronze in 57.06