August 2, 2009

Phelps leads U.S. win, gets 5th gold medal

Michael Phelps collected his fifth gold medal of the World Swim Championships in Italy Sunday, helping the U.S. team win the 400-meter medley relay.

Aaron Peirson, Eric Shanteau, Phelps and anchor David Walters covered the distance in a world record time of 3:28.27 on the final day of the competition in Rome.

It was one of 43 world records set during the championships, in which some competitors used controversial new high-tech swimsuits with polyurethane panels. The speed suits are to be banned from international competition next year.

Ryan Lochte of the U.S. team won the 400-meter individual medley for his second gold medal in Rome.

Other winners included Liam Tancock of Great Britain in the 50-meter backstroke, Russia's Yuliya Efimova in the women's 50-meter breaststroke, Germany's Britta Steffen in the women's 50-meter freestyle and Oussama Mellouli of Tunisia in the men's 1,500-meter freestyle.

Hungary won the women's 400-meter individual medley