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4 x 100 metres Medley Relay, Women

Date3 – 4 August 2012
StatusOlympic
LocationLondon Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London / London Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Participants76 from 16 countries

This event ended the 2012 Olympic women’s swimming program in the pool. The United States was favored as they had medalists from the individual 100 metre events in the backstroke in Missy Franklin, breaststroke in Rebecca Soni, and the butterfly with Dana Vollmer, with Franklin and Vollmer having won gold. Franklin put the USA into the lead early, and she, Soni, and Vollmer posted the fastest splits for each of their strokes, giving Schmitt a comfortable lead for the freestyle finisher. Schmitt brought it home in 53.25 to give the US a gold medal and a world record 3:52.05, bettering the Chinese mark from the 2009 World Championships, set in skinsuits. Behind the US Australia took silver with Japan winning bronze.

For Schmitt and Franklin it was the end of a highly successful Olympics, as they won the most medals by any of the women in London with five. Franklin won four gold medals and Schmitt three, with Franklin’s four swimming gold medals at one Olympics trailing only the six won in 1988 by East German Kristin Otto. Vollmer also finished London 2012 with three gold medals, in the 100 fly and two relays, while Soni won three medals and two golds, finishing her Olympic career with six medals and three golds.

PosSwimmerNOCR1Final
1United StatesUSA3:58.88 (4 h2)3:52.05 (1)Gold
Missy FranklinRebecca SoniDana VollmerAllison SchmittRachel BootsmaBreeja LarsonClaire DonahueJessica Hardy
2AustraliaAUS3:55.42 (1 h2)3:54.02 (2)Silver
Emily SeebohmLeisel JonesAlicia CouttsMel SchlangerBrittany Elmslie
3JapanJPN3:57.87 (2 h2)3:55.73 (3)Bronze
Aya TerakawaSatomi SuzukiYuka KatoHaruka Ueda
4Russian FederationRUS3:59.57 (3 h1)3:56.03 (4)
Anastasiya ZuyevaYuliya YefimovaIrina BespalovaVeronika PopovaMariya Gromova
5People's Republic of ChinaCHN3:59.38 (2 h1)3:56.41 (5)
Zhao JingJi LipingLu YingTang YiGao ChangSun YeJiao Liuyang
6NetherlandsNED3:59.19 (1 h1)3:57.28 (6)
Sharon van RouwendaalMoniek NijhuisInge DekkerRanomi KromowidjojoFemke Heemskerk
7DenmarkDEN3:58.35 (3 h2)3:57.76 (7)
Mie Ø. NielsenRikke Møller PedersenJeanette Ottesen GrayPernille Blume
8Great BritainGBR3:59.37 (5 h2)3:59.46 (8)
Gemma SpofforthSiobhan-Marie O'ConnorEllen GandyFran HalsallJemma LoweAmy Smith
9GermanyGER3:59.95 (4 h1)
Jenny MensingSarah PoeweAlexandra WenkBritta Steffen
10SwedenSWE4:00.76 (6 h2)
Sarah SjöströmJennie JohanssonMartina GranströmMichelle Coleman
11ItalyITA4:02.20 (5 h1)
Arianna BarbieriMichela GuzzettiIlaria BianchiFederica Pellegrini
12CanadaCAN4:02.71 (6 h1)
Julia WilkinsonTera Van BeilenKaterine SavardSamantha Cheverton
13SpainESP4:03.05 (7 h2)
Duane Da RochaMarina GarcíaJudit IgnacioMelani Costa
14FranceFRA4:05.53 (7 h1)
Laure ManaudouFanny BabouJustine BrunoCharlotte Bonnet
15IcelandISL4:07.09 (8 h2)
Eygló Ósk GústafsdóttirHrafnhildur LúthersdóttirSarah BatemanEva Hannesdóttir
ACHungaryHUN– (AC h1)DQ
Evelyn VerrasztóAnna SztankovicsZsu JakabosEszter Dara

Round One (3 August 2012 — 11:35)

Fastest eight teams advanced to final

Heat One (11:35)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
17NetherlandsNED3:59.19Q
Sharon van Rouwendaal29.941:00.980.621:00.98 (4)
Moniek Nijhuis30.81:06.980.152:07.96 (2)
Inge Dekker26.3757.430.223:05.39 (1)
Femke Heemskerk25.6253.800.373:59.19 (1)
24People's Republic of ChinaCHN3:59.38Q
Gao Chang29.831:00.410.651:00.41 (1)
Sun Ye31.921:08.010.122:08.42 (4)
Jiao Liuyang27.0157.560.213:05.98 (3)
Tang Yi25.5753.400.493:59.38 (2)
35Russian FederationRUS3:59.57Q
Mariya Gromova29.561:01.530.681:01.53 (7)
Yuliya Yefimova30.91:05.840.32:07.37 (1)
Irina Bespalova27.0758.330.23:05.70 (2)
Veronika Popova25.6353.870.143:59.57 (3)
43GermanyGER3:59.95
Jenny Mensing29.691:01.020.741:01.02 (5)
Sarah Poewe30.991:07.190.092:08.21 (3)
Alexandra Wenk27.3158.850.23:07.06 (5)
Britta Steffen25.5552.890.233:59.95 (4)
52ItalyITA4:02.20
Arianna Barbieri29.611:00.800.691:00.80 (3)
Michela Guzzetti31.931:08.620.312:09.42 (6)
Ilaria Bianchi26.6457.590.283:07.01 (4)
Federica Pellegrini26.5055.190.124:02.20 (5)
66CanadaCAN4:02.71
Julia Wilkinson29.191:00.490.671:00.49 (2)
Tera Van Beilen31.471:08.120.292:08.61 (5)
Katerine Savard26.9659.000.203:07.61 (6)
Samantha Cheverton26.4955.100.184:02.71 (6)
71FranceFRA4:05.53
Laure Manaudou29.551:01.090.621:01.09 (6)
Fanny Babou32.881:09.140.342:10.23 (7)
Justine Bruno27.791:00.170.393:10.40 (7)
Charlotte Bonnet26.5455.130.324:05.53 (7)
AC8HungaryHUNDQ
Evelyn Verrasztó31.041:03.390.671:03.39 (8)
Anna Sztankovics32.241:10.430.362:13.82 (8)
Zsu Jakabos0.09– (–)
Eszter Dara– (–)

Heat Two

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
15AustraliaAUS3:55.42Q
Emily Seebohm28.6158.570.6658.57 (1)
Leisel Jones30.871:05.960.112:04.53 (1)
Alicia Coutts27.157.450.433:01.98 (1)
Brittany Elmslie25.653.440.443:55.42 (1)
23JapanJPN3:57.87Q
Aya Terakawa28.9859.190.659.19 (2)
Satomi Suzuki31.481:07.150.172:06.34 (2)
Yuka Kato26.3557.730.23:04.07 (2)
Haruka Ueda25.8353.800.353:57.87 (2)
32DenmarkDEN3:58.35Q
Mie Ø. Nielsen29.091:00.270.651:00.27 (5)
Rikke Møller Pedersen31.661:07.150.422:07.42 (4)
Jeanette Ottesen Gray26.1556.740.293:04.16 (3)
Pernille Blume26.2154.190.343:58.35 (3)
44United StatesUSA3:58.88Q
Rachel Bootsma28.7859.700.659.70 (3)
Breeja Larson31.371:06.660.312:06.36 (3)
Claire Donahue26.5558.050.473:04.41 (4)
Jessica Hardy25.8454.470.233:58.88 (4)
56Great BritainGBR3:59.37Q
Gemma Spofforth29.451:00.020.661:00.02 (4)
Siobhan-Marie O'Connor31.241:08.100.142:08.12 (5)
Jemma Lowe26.5257.560.13:05.68 (5)
Amy Smith25.5553.690.273:59.37 (5)
67SwedenSWE4:00.76
Sarah Sjöström29.961:01.380.731:01.38 (7)
Jennie Johansson31.511:06.940.392:08.32 (6)
Martina Granström27.1558.460.153:06.78 (6)
Michelle Coleman25.6553.980.214:00.76 (6)
71SpainESP4:03.05
Duane Da Rocha29.831:00.430.731:00.43 (6)
Marina García32.131:08.350.282:08.78 (7)
Judit Ignacio27.4159.070.333:07.85 (7)
Melani Costa26.6155.200.344:03.05 (7)
88IcelandISL4:07.09
Eygló Ósk Gústafsdóttir29.81:01.740.71:01.74 (8)
Hrafnhildur Lúthersdóttir31.991:09.190.232:10.93 (8)
Sarah Bateman27.471:00.040.373:10.97 (8)
Eva Hannesdóttir26.7856.120.244:07.09 (8)

Final (4 August 2012 — 20:07)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
16United StatesUSA3:52.05
Missy Franklin28.8158.500.6458.50 (1)
Rebecca Soni30.841:04.820.382:03.32 (1)
Dana Vollmer25.9355.480.222:58.80 (1)
Allison Schmitt25.6853.250.423:52.05 (1)
24AustraliaAUS3:54.02
Emily Seebohm28.7559.010.6659.01 (3)
Leisel Jones31.061:06.060.162:05.07 (4)
Alicia Coutts26.5356.410.213:01.48 (2)
Mel Schlanger25.4352.540.223:54.02 (2)
35JapanJPN3:55.73
Aya Terakawa29.1158.990.6058.99 (2)
Satomi Suzuki31.211:05.960.252:04.95 (3)
Yuka Kato26.2457.360.243:02.31 (3)
Haruka Ueda25.9153.420.413:55.73 (3)
48Russian FederationRUS3:56.03
Anastasiya Zuyeva28.8559.130.6959.13 (4)
Yuliya Yefimova30.241:04.980.252:04.11 (2)
Irina Bespalova27.3558.590.363:02.70 (4)
Veronika Popova25.4253.330.003:56.03 (4)
51People's Republic of ChinaCHN3:56.41
Zhao Jing29.3259.860.5859.86 (7)
Ji Liping30.751:06.94-0.032:06.80 (6)
Lu Ying26.3256.800.103:03.60 (6)
Tang Yi24.9252.810.263:56.41 (5)
62NetherlandsNED3:57.28
Sharon van Rouwendaal29.431:00.720.631:00.72 (8)
Moniek Nijhuis30.751:06.740.282:07.46 (7)
Inge Dekker26.0956.910.153:04.37 (7)
Ranomi Kromowidjojo25.1752.910.213:57.28 (6)
73DenmarkDEN3:57.76
Mie Ø. Nielsen29.2659.760.6659.76 (6)
Rikke Møller Pedersen30.881:06.770.042:06.53 (5)
Jeanette Ottesen Gray25.8556.830.223:03.36 (5)
Pernille Blume26.2954.400.233:57.76 (7)
87Great BritainGBR3:59.46
Gemma Spofforth29.2559.460.6659.46 (5)
Siobhan-Marie O'Connor32.011:08.450.362:07.91 (8)
Ellen Gandy26.3357.470.453:05.38 (8)
Fran Halsall25.5454.080.223:59.46 (8)