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Soni Starts Fast in 200M Breaststroke

NJ-native swims a full second faster than competitors in heats

By Dan Stamm
|  Wednesday, Aug 1, 2012  |  Updated 6:30 AM EDT
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Olympic Record holder Rebecca Soni looks poised to defend her gold in the 200-Meter Breaststroke after she swam the fastest heat time in the 200M Wednesday morning.

Soni, who won the 2008 gold with a time of 2:20.22, won her heat with a heats-best time of 2:21.40. Her closest competitor was Denmark’s Rikke Pedersen who posted a 2:22.69 time -- more than a second behind Soni.

Soni, a Freehold, N.J. native, swims in the 200M semifinals at 3:29 Wednesday afternoon. Should she continue her dominance in that race, she will swim in Thursday afternoon’s final.

Not only might she be aiming to break her own Olympic record but Canada's Annamay Pierse's world record of 2:20.12 could also be within reach.

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