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Britta Stefen powers to an excellent finish to claim the 100m free gold, achieving a surprising victory in Olympic record time (53:12). World record holder, Lisbeth Trickett leads most of the race, but loses the lead to Stefen, finishing just .04 seconds behind the winning time. Natalie Coughling receives the bronze medal. Swimming 100m Freestyle Women's Final - Olympic Record (53:12) - Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics - Britta Stefen (GER), Lisbeth Trickett (AUS), Natalie Coughlin (USA)