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Soni Sets World Record While Winning Gold

NJ native defends 200M Breaststroke crown in record fashion

By Dan Stamm
|  Thursday, Aug 2, 2012  |  Updated 5:10 PM EDT
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Rebecca Soni's Gold Medal Day at the London Olympics

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Rebecca Soni celebrates after winning gold and setting a new world record time of 2:19.59 in the Women's 200m Breaststroke Final on Day 6 of the London Games.

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New Jersey native Rebecca Soni won Olympic gold Thursday in dramatic fashion breaking her own day-old world record in the Women’s 200M Breaststroke.

The Plainsboro native became the first woman to break the 2:20 mark when she touched the wall in 2:19.59.

Soni won the same event at the 2008 Olympics.

For Soni it was redemption in her specialty after she finished second to Lithuanian teen sensation Ruta Meilutyte in the Women’s 100-Meter.

Soni, who set the world record Wednesday night still could medal in the Women’s 4X100M Medley Relay this weekend.

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