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France wins 4x100 medley gold after U.S. disqualified

August 05, 2013 09:03 IST

France were handed a shock victory in the men's 4x100 metres medley relay when gold-medal favourites United States were disqualified at the world championships in Barcelona on Sunday.

Camille Lacourt, Fabien Gilot and Jeremy Stravius of France celebrate after the USA are disqualified and they were announced winners of the swimming men's medley 4x100m relay final on at the 15th FINA World Championships at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain, on SundayThe Americans touched first in three minutes 30.06 seconds before the stadium announcer said they had been disqualified "for an early exchange".

France clocked a time of 3:31.51 to take gold, with Australia winning silver in 3:31.64 and Japan bronze in 3:32.26.

The Americans were denied what would have been a 12th triumph in the event in 15 championships since the inaugural edition in Belgrade in 1973.

Photograph: Adam Pretty/Getty Images

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