07/29/2012 03:47 EDT | Updated 09/28/2012 05:12 EDT

France's Camille Muffat edges US swimmer Allison Schmitt to win 400 free

LONDON - Camille Muffat of France edged Allison Schmitt of the United States by less than half a stroke to win the Olympic 400-meter freestyle Sunday.

Muffat clocked an Olympic-record 4 minutes, 1.45 seconds, while Schmitt was second in 4:01.77.

Defending champion and local favourite Rebecca Adlington made a late charge to take bronze in 4:03.01 for Britain's first swimming medal in the London Games.

Two-time world champion Federica Pellegrini of Italy finished fifth.

Toronto's Brittany MacLean finsihed seventh.