| Event type

400 metres Individual Medley, Women

Date 6 August 2016
LocationEstádio Aquático Olímpico, Parque Olímpico da Barra, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Participants33 from 23 countries
Olympic Record 4:28.43 WR / Ye Shiwen CHN / 28 July 2012

Hungarian Katinka Hosszú was a heavy favorite coming in to 2016. She had won both IMs at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships, and the 2012, 2014, and, earlier in the year, at the 2016 European Championships. But her form in 2016 had not been quite as strong, so there was some daylight for the other swimmers. Other medal challengers were considered to be Americans Maya DiRado and Elizabeth Beisel and Spain’s Mireia Belmonte.

Hosszú may have been sandbagging or simply training through competitions, as she returned to form in Rio, winning this event by almost five seconds over DiRado, in the world record time of 4:26.36, as Belmonte took bronze. Hosszú came to Rio having won 56 international medals, but never an Olympic medal. She would win three golds and four medals in Rio, also winning the 200 IM and the 100 backstroke. DiRado took bronze in the 200 IM but defeated Hosszú in the 200 backstroke to win that gold medal, adding another gold in the 4x200 free relay. Belmonte also added another individual gold, winning the 200 butterfly.

1Katinka HosszúHUN4:28.58 (1 h5)4:26.36 (1)GoldWR
2Maya DiRadoUSA4:33.50 (1 h4)4:31.15 (2)Silver
3Mireia BelmonteESP4:32.75 (2 h5)4:32.39 (3)Bronze
4Hannah MileyGBR4:33.74 (3 h5)4:32.54 (4)
5Emily OverholtCAN4:36.54 (3 h4)4:34.70 (5)
6Elizabeth BeiselUSA4:34.38 (4 h5)4:34.98 (6)
7Aimee WillmottGBR4:34.08 (2 h4)4:35.04 (7)
8Sakiko ShimizuJPN4:34.66 (5 h5)4:38.06 (8)
9Nguyễn Thị Ánh ViênVIE4:36.85 (1 h3)
=10Miho TakahashiJPN4:37.33 (=4 h4)
=10Keryn McMasterAUS4:37.33 (=4 h4)
12Sydney PickremCAN4:38.06 (2 h3)
13Zsu JakabosHUN4:38.52 (6 h5)
14Barbora ZávadováCZE4:38.53 (6 h4)
15Joanna MaranhãoBRA4:38.88 (3 h3)
16Blair EvansAUS4:38.91 (7 h5)
17Matea SamardžićCRO4:39.41 (1 h2)
18Viktoria Zeynep GüneşTUR4:41.79 (4 h3)
19María VilasESP4:42.52 (5 h3)
20Anja CrevarSRB4:43.19 (2 h2)
21Franziska HentkeGER4:43.32 (6 h3)
22Lara GrangeonFRA4:43.98 (8 h5)
23Fantine LesaffreFRA4:44.47 (7 h3)
24Martina van BerkelSUI4:45.12 (1 h1)
25Tanja KylliäinenFIN4:45.33 (2 h1)
26Luisa TrombettiITA4:45.52 (8 h3)
27Ye ShiwenCHN4:45.86 (7 h4)
28Victoria KaminskayaPOR4:46.03 (3 h2)
29Jördis SteineggerAUT4:47.84 (3 h1)
30Sara FranceschiITA4:48.48 (4 h2)
31Virginia BardachARG4:49.69 (5 h2)
32Zhou MinCHN4:50.38 (8 h4)
33Ranokhon OmonovaUZB4:52.15 (6 h2)

Round One (6 August 2016 — 14:32)

Fastest eight swimmers advanced to final

Heat One (14:32)

15Martina van BerkelSUI4:45.120.68
23Tanja KylliäinenFIN4:45.330.64
34Jördis SteineggerAUT4:47.840.61

Heat Two (14:38)

17Matea SamardžićCRO4:39.410.82
22Anja CrevarSRB4:43.190.76
33Victoria KaminskayaPOR4:46.030.73
44Sara FranceschiITA4:48.480.70
56Virginia BardachARG4:49.690.78
65Ranokhon OmonovaUZB4:52.150.76

Heat Three (14:44)

12Nguyễn Thị Ánh ViênVIE4:36.850.77
24Sydney PickremCAN4:38.060.71
35Joanna MaranhãoBRA4:38.880.75
48Viktoria Zeynep GüneşTUR4:41.790.70
57María VilasESP4:42.520.68
66Franziska HentkeGER4:43.320.67
71Fantine LesaffreFRA4:44.470.79
83Luisa TrombettiITA4:45.520.73

Heat Four (14:50)

14Maya DiRadoUSA4:33.500.76Q
23Aimee WillmottGBR4:34.080.77Q
35Emily OverholtCAN4:36.540.80Q
=46Miho TakahashiJPN4:37.330.71
=48Keryn McMasterAUS4:37.330.79
62Barbora ZávadováCZE4:38.530.69
77Ye ShiwenCHN4:45.860.77
81Zhou MinCHN4:50.380.72

Heat Five (14:56)

14Katinka HosszúHUN4:28.580.76Q
23Mireia BelmonteESP4:32.750.66Q
35Hannah MileyGBR4:33.740.71Q
42Elizabeth BeiselUSA4:34.380.66Q
57Sakiko ShimizuJPN4:34.660.67Q
68Zsu JakabosHUN4:38.520.73
76Blair EvansAUS4:38.910.72
81Lara GrangeonFRA4:43.980.69

Final (6 August 2016 — 22:49)

14Katinka HosszúHUN4:26.360.69WR
23Maya DiRadoUSA4:31.150.70
35Mireia BelmonteESP4:32.390.60
46Hannah MileyGBR4:32.540.61
58Emily OverholtCAN4:34.700.79
67Elizabeth BeiselUSA4:34.980.67
72Aimee WillmottGBR4:35.040.75
81Sakiko ShimizuJPN4:38.060.70