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4 x 100 metres Medley Relay, Women

Date15 – 17 August 2008
StatusOlympic
LocationBeijing Guojia Youyong Zhongxin, Beijing Aolinpike Gongyuan, Beijing
Participants74 from 16 countries

Prior to 2004 only the controversial East German team had broken the American dominance of this event. That all changed in Athens when the Australians broke through to win their first title and by Beijing they had built on this to emerge as world champions, world record holders and clear favourites to retain the Olympic title.

After the USA had make a strong start it was the performance of Australia’s individual breaststroke champion Leisel Jones that was to prove the difference between gold and silver. Whilst the silver medal winning Americans recorded better times on three of the four legs this could not make up for the 1.4 seconds that Jones pulled out over Rebecca Soni. In a fitting finale to the women’s programme both teams were comfortably under the pre-existing world record. China broke the Asian record in 3rd whilst Great Britain’s European record for 4th meant that 4 continental records fell in the final.

PosSwimmerNOCR1Final
1AustraliaAUS3:57.94 (1 h2)3:52.69 (1)Gold
Emily SeebohmLeisel JonesJess SchipperLibby TrickettTarnee WhiteFelicity GalvezShayne Reese
2United StatesUSA3:59.15 (1 h1)3:53.30 (2)Silver
Natalie CoughlinRebecca SoniChristine MagnusonDara TorresMargaret HoelzerMegan JendrickElaine BreedenKara Lynn Joyce
3People's Republic of ChinaCHN3:59.21 (2 h1)3:56.11 (3)Bronze
Zhao JingSun YeZhou YafeiPang JiayingXu Tianlongzi
4Great BritainGBR3:59.14 (2 h2)3:57.50 (4)
Gemma SpofforthKate HaywoodJemma LoweFran Halsall
5Russian FederationRUS3:59.66 (3 h2)3:57.84 (5)
Anastasiya ZuyevaYuliya YefimovaNataliya SutyaginaAnastasiya AksenovaKseniya Moskvina
6JapanJPN3:59.91 (3 h1)3:59.54 (6)
Reiko NakamuraAsami KitagawaYuka KatoHaruka UedaHanae Ito
7CanadaCAN4:02.13 (5 h2)4:01.35 (7)
Julia WilkinsonAnnamay PierseAudrey LacroixErica Morningstar
ACSwedenSWE4:02.12 (4 h2)– (AC)DQ
Sarah SjöströmJoline HöstmanAnna-Karin KammerlingJosefin Lillhage
9GermanyGER4:02.53 (4 h1)
Antje BuschschulteSarah PoeweDaniela SamulskiBritta Steffen
10BrazilBRA4:02.61 (5 h1)
Fabíola MolinaTatiane SakemiGabriella SilvaTatiana Barbosa
11FranceFRA4:02.95 (6 h1)
Alexianne CastelSophie de RonchiAurore MongelAlena Popchanka
12South AfricaRSA4:04.20 (6 h2)
Melissa CorfeSuzaan van BiljonMandy LootsLize-Mari Retief
13NetherlandsNED4:04.74 (7 h1)
Femke HeemskerkJolijn van ValkengoedInge DekkerRanomi Kromowidjojo
14ItalyITA4:04.93 (7 h2)
Romina ArmelliniRoberta PanaraIlaria BianchiFederica Pellegrini
15SpainESP4:06.40 (8 h1)
Nina ZhivanevskayaMireia BelmonteÁngela San JuanMaría Fuster
16UkraineUKR4:08.62 (8 h2)
Iryna AmshennikovaYuliya PidlisnaKateryna ZubkovaDar'ia Stepaniuk

Round One (15 August 2008)

Fastest eight teams advanced to final

Heat One (20:32)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
14United StatesUSA3:59.15Q
Margaret Hoelzer29.1259.290.7159.29 (1)
Megan Jendrick31.041:07.170.062:06.46 (1)
Elaine Breeden27.0358.590.463:05.05 (2)
Kara Lynn Joyce25.7954.100.303:59.15 (1)
25People's Republic of ChinaCHN3:59.21Q
Xu Tianlongzi29.941:01.130.581:01.13 (6)
Sun Ye31.231:06.850.122:07.98 (3)
Zhou Yafei26.3256.940.293:04.92 (1)
Pang Jiaying25.8654.290.243:59.21 (2)
33JapanJPN3:59.91Q
Hanae Ito29.501:00.340.621:00.34 (2)
Asami Kitagawa31.231:07.330.352:07.67 (2)
Yuka Kato26.4357.690.363:05.36 (3)
Haruka Ueda26.3254.550.373:59.91 (3)
48GermanyGER4:02.53
Antje Buschschulte29.441:00.510.611:00.51 (3)
Sarah Poewe31.891:08.950.382:09.46 (4)
Daniela Samulski27.3259.780.303:09.24 (6)
Britta Steffen25.4453.290.214:02.53 (4)
52BrazilBRA4:02.61
Fabíola Molina29.671:00.710.611:00.71 (4)
Tatiane Sakemi33.171:10.420.432:11.13 (6)
Gabriella Silva25.9156.97-0.023:08.10 (4)
Tatiana Barbosa26.1154.510.114:02.61 (5)
61FranceFRA4:02.95
Alexianne Castel30.061:01.280.741:01.28 (7)
Sophie de Ronchi31.561:08.750.162:10.03 (5)
Aurore Mongel27.3458.640.353:08.67 (5)
Alena Popchanka26.3254.280.444:02.95 (6)
76NetherlandsNED4:04.74
Femke Heemskerk30.661:02.970.701:02.97 (8)
Jolijn van Valkengoed32.471:10.850.442:13.82 (8)
Inge Dekker26.0857.41-0.013:11.23 (7)
Ranomi Kromowidjojo25.6653.510.284:04.74 (7)
87SpainESP4:06.40
Nina Zhivanevskaya29.801:00.770.651:00.77 (5)
Mireia Belmonte33.191:10.460.152:11.23 (7)
Ángela San Juan27.941:00.080.223:11.31 (8)
María Fuster26.3355.09-0.034:06.40 (8)

Heat Two (20:39)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
14AustraliaAUS3:57.94Q
Emily Seebohm29.1559.950.6059.95 (1)
Tarnee White30.361:06.810.122:06.76 (1)
Felicity Galvez26.4556.820.313:03.58 (1)
Shayne Reese25.8754.360.453:57.94 (1)
25Great BritainGBR3:59.14Q
Gemma Spofforth29.631:00.330.631:00.33 (2)
Kate Haywood31.151:08.000.372:08.33 (4)
Jemma Lowe26.2957.340.163:05.67 (2)
Fran Halsall25.5653.470.323:59.14 (2)
33Russian FederationRUS3:59.66Q
Kseniya Moskvina29.781:01.050.701:01.05 (4)
Yuliya Yefimova30.731:06.450.442:07.50 (2)
Nataliya Sutyagina26.9358.310.213:05.81 (3)
Anastasiya Aksenova25.4853.850.473:59.66 (3)
47SwedenSWE4:02.12Q
Sarah Sjöström30.321:02.480.721:02.48 (5)
Joline Höstman31.931:08.480.362:10.96 (7)
Anna-Karin Kammerling25.7857.570.003:08.53 (5)
Josefin Lillhage25.5553.590.324:02.12 (4)
52CanadaCAN4:02.13Q
Julia Wilkinson29.911:00.900.761:00.90 (3)
Annamay Pierse31.691:07.220.442:08.12 (3)
Audrey Lacroix27.6759.840.253:07.96 (4)
Erica Morningstar25.5054.170.274:02.13 (5)
66South AfricaRSA4:04.20
Melissa Corfe30.571:02.620.581:02.62 (7)
Suzaan van Biljon31.701:07.900.252:10.52 (5)
Mandy Loots27.2858.760.323:09.28 (7)
Lize-Mari Retief25.5654.920.244:04.20 (6)
78ItalyITA4:04.93
Romina Armellini30.911:02.490.631:02.49 (6)
Roberta Panara31.741:08.360.272:10.85 (6)
Ilaria Bianchi26.7658.090.303:08.94 (6)
Federica Pellegrini26.8855.990.244:04.93 (7)
81UkraineUKR4:08.62
Iryna Amshennikova30.161:03.630.641:03.63 (8)
Yuliya Pidlisna32.211:09.530.102:13.16 (8)
Kateryna Zubkova27.7159.650.183:12.81 (8)
Dar'ia Stepaniuk26.4055.810.254:08.62 (8)

Final (17 August 2008 — 10:47)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
14AustraliaAUS3:52.69WR
Emily Seebohm28.9159.330.5759.33 (4)
Leisel Jones30.381:04.580.192:03.91 (1)
Jess Schipper26.1056.250.223:00.16 (1)
Libby Trickett25.1952.530.243:52.69 (1)
23United StatesUSA3:53.30
Natalie Coughlin28.3958.940.6158.94 (1)
Rebecca Soni30.881:05.950.282:04.89 (2)
Christine Magnuson26.0956.140.283:01.03 (2)
Dara Torres24.9752.270.123:53.30 (2)
36People's Republic of ChinaCHN3:56.11
Zhao Jing29.1259.560.5459.56 (5)
Sun Ye31.021:06.750.002:06.31 (4)
Zhou Yafei26.2957.400.203:03.71 (3)
Pang Jiaying25.0452.400.123:56.11 (3)
45Great BritainGBR3:57.50
Gemma Spofforth29.0459.050.6259.05 (2)
Kate Haywood31.211:07.510.262:06.56 (5)
Jemma Lowe26.1058.130.233:04.69 (5)
Fran Halsall24.6152.810.003:57.50 (4)
52Russian FederationRUS3:57.84
Anastasiya Zuyeva29.0559.160.7759.16 (3)
Yuliya Yefimova30.301:06.460.242:05.62 (3)
Nataliya Sutyagina26.7058.090.213:03.71 (3)
Anastasiya Aksenova25.3754.130.283:57.84 (5)
67JapanJPN3:59.54
Reiko Nakamura29.0459.740.6159.74 (6)
Asami Kitagawa31.201:07.040.232:06.78 (6)
Yuka Kato26.5358.170.273:04.95 (6)
Haruka Ueda26.3954.590.183:59.54 (6)
78CanadaCAN4:01.35
Julia Wilkinson30.241:01.350.681:01.35 (7)
Annamay Pierse31.491:06.910.192:08.26 (7)
Audrey Lacroix27.3959.010.283:07.27 (7)
Erica Morningstar25.7254.080.214:01.35 (7)
AC1SwedenSWEDQ1
Sarah Sjöström30.421:02.630.751:02.63 (8)
Joline Höstman31.801:08.110.362:10.74 (8)
Anna-Karin Kammerling25.8158.51-0.033:09.25 (8)
Josefin Lillhage-0.10– (AC)