Elizabeth Beisel Wins Silver in the 400 IM in London

Ken Bell



Saunderstown native Elizabeth Beisel gave up the lead during the final freestyle legs of the 400 IM to finish second behind China's Ye Shiwen in the London Olympics.

16-year old Ye Shiwen set a new world record in claiming the gold with her time of 4:28:43.

19-year old Beisel won the silver with a time of 4:31:27.

Elizabeth was 8th after the butterfly, but quickly moved into the lead after a strong backstroke and breast stroke. 

However, Ye took charge in the freestyle, winning the gold.  Beisel will swim a second event next Thursday when she competes in the 200-backstroke.