AUSTRALIA claimed the silver medal in the women's 4x200 metres freestyle final at the London Aquatics Centre.
Kylie Palmer had Australia holding a 0.54 lead when she changed over to anchor Alicia Coutts, but American Allison Schmitt surged to the lead and touched the wall in an Olympic record of 7:42.92.
Schmitt won the individual 200m freestyle on day four.
Australia, the defending champion, posted 7:44.41 with France third in 7:47.49.
The silver was Coutts's fourth medal of the Games, after she won gold in the 4x100m freestyle relay, silver in the 200m individual medley and bronze in the 100m butterfly.
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