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4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Women

Date 6 August 2016
StatusOlympic
LocationEstádio Aquático Olímpico, Parque Olímpico da Barra, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Participants71 from 16 countries
Olympic Record 3:33.15 / Australia AUS / 28 July 2012

Australia’s 4x100 free relay team was likely the heaviest favorite in any women’s event, led by the Campbell sisters, Bronte and Cate. Coming into Rio, Australia had three of the top four ranked 100 free swimmers, and 4 of the top 10. The United States was expected to take silver. That was exactly how the final turned out, with Australia defeating the USA by 1.24 seconds as Bronte and Cate swam the final two legs, both recording 51.97. Australia recorded 3:30.65, bettering their own world record set at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Third place went to Canada, which had been considered a longshot for a medal, but they were led by anchor swimmer Penny Oleksiak, the break-out swimmer of the Rio Olympics. Oleksiak tied Simone Manuel for first in the 100 freestyle, upsetting the Campbell sisters, and also won a silver in the 100 butterfly, and another relay bronze in the 4x200 free.

PosSwimmerNOCR1Final
1AustraliaAUS3:32.39 (1 h2)3:30.65 (1)GoldWR
Cate CampbellBrittany ElmslieBronte CampbellEmma McKeonMadi Wilson
2United StatesUSA3:33.59 (2 h2)3:31.89 (2)Silver
Amanda WeirDana VollmerAllison SchmittKatie LedeckyLia NealAbbey WeitzeilSimone Manuel
3CanadaCAN3:33.84 (3 h2)3:32.89 (3)Bronze
Chantal Van LandeghemMichelle WilliamsPenny OleksiakSandrine MainvilleTaylor Ruck
4NetherlandsNED3:35.94 (2 h1)3:33.81 (4)
Inge DekkerRanomi KromowidjojoFemke HeemskerkMarrit SteenbergenMaud van der Meer
5SwedenSWE3:36.42 (3 h1)3:35.90 (5)
Ida Marko-VargaSarah SjöströmMichelle ColemanIda LindborgLouise Hansson
6ItalyITA3:35.90 (1 h1)3:36.78 (6)
Erika FerraioliSilvia Di PietroAglaia PezzatoFederica Pellegrini
7FranceFRA3:36.85 (4 h2)3:37.45 (7)
Béryl GastaldelloCharlotte BonnetMathilde CiniAnna Santamans
8JapanJPN3:36.74 (4 h1)3:37.78 (8)
Miki UchidaRikako IkeeMisaki YamaguchiYayoi Matsumoto
9People's Republic of ChinaCHN3:37.25 (5 h1)
Zhu MenghuiSun MeichenTang YiShen Duo
10Russian FederationRUS3:37.68 (5 h2)
Veronika PopovaViktoriya AndreyevaRozaliya NasretdinovaNataliya Lovtsova
11BrazilBRA3:39.40 (6 h2)
Larissa OliveiraEtiene MedeirosDaynara PaulaManuella Lyrio
12DenmarkDEN3:39.45 (6 h1)
Pernille BlumeJulie JensenSarah BroMie Ø. Nielsen
13SpainESP3:40.46 (7 h2)
Fátima GallardoMarta GonzálezPatricia CastroMelani Costa
14SwitzerlandSUI3:41.02 (8 h2)
Maria UgolkovaSasha TouretskiDanielle VillarsNoémi Girardet
15PolandPOL3:41.43 (7 h1)
Katarzyna WilkAlicja TchórzAleksandra Urbańczyk-OlejarczykAnna Dowgiert
16IsraelISR3:41.97 (8 h1)
Keren SiebnerZohar ShiklerAmit IvryAndi Murez

Round One (6 August 2016 — 15:24)

Fastest eight teams advanced to final

Heat One (15:24)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
13ItalyITA3:35.90Q
Erika Ferraioli26.1754.910.6654.91 (1)
Silvia Di Pietro25.5653.960.061:48.87 (1)
Aglaia Pezzato25.4653.860.122:42.73 (1)
Federica Pellegrini25.8353.170.253:35.90 (1)
24NetherlandsNED3:35.94Q
Inge Dekker25.9254.750.7254.75 (2)
Marrit Steenbergen25.5953.310.351:48.06 (2)
Maud van der Meer25.3753.880.082:41.94 (2)
Femke Heemskerk25.7054.000.333:35.94 (2)
35SwedenSWE3:36.42Q
Michelle Coleman26.2854.390.7554.39 (3)
Louise Hansson26.2154.690.221:49.08 (3)
Ida Lindborg25.5454.770.192:43.85 (3)
Sarah Sjöström25.1553.430.263:36.42 (3)
42JapanJPN3:36.74Q
Miki Uchida26.0153.930.7253.93 (4)
Rikako Ikee25.5653.410.321:47.34 (4)
Misaki Yamaguchi26.0854.870.142:42.21 (4)
Yayoi Matsumoto26.2654.530.463:36.74 (4)
56People's Republic of ChinaCHN3:37.25
Zhu Menghui26.4154.060.6854.06 (5)
Sun Meichen26.4254.790.261:48.85 (5)
Tang Yi25.8954.560.232:43.41 (5)
Shen Duo25.9453.840.223:37.25 (5)
67DenmarkDEN3:39.45
Pernille Blume26.8254.540.6754.54 (6)
Julie Jensen26.1554.790.321:49.33 (6)
Sarah Bro27.2255.750.262:45.08 (6)
Mie Ø. Nielsen26.3354.370.243:39.45 (6)
71PolandPOL3:41.43
Katarzyna Wilk26.7255.340.7255.34 (7)
Alicja Tchórz25.7755.010.181:50.35 (7)
Aleksandra Urbańczyk-Olejarczyk25.7655.780.232:46.13 (7)
Anna Dowgiert25.2755.300.023:41.43 (7)
88IsraelISR3:41.97
Keren Siebner26.9255.600.7355.60 (8)
Zohar Shikler26.5655.290.141:50.89 (8)
Amit Ivry27.0055.710.252:46.60 (8)
Andi Murez26.5155.370.233:41.97 (8)

Heat Two (15:32)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
14AustraliaAUS3:32.39QOR
Madi Wilson26.1754.110.7554.11 (1)
Brittany Elmslie25.4653.220.211:47.33 (1)
Bronte Campbell25.4953.260.332:40.59 (1)
Cate Campbell24.4351.800.363:32.39 (1)
25United StatesUSA3:33.59Q
Amanda Weir26.0753.600.7453.60 (2)
Lia Neal25.6753.630.291:47.23 (2)
Allison Schmitt26.0753.720.512:40.95 (2)
Katie Ledecky25.0752.640.373:33.59 (2)
33CanadaCAN3:33.84Q
Sandrine Mainville25.8354.170.6554.17 (3)
Chantal Van Landeghem24.8352.900.311:47.07 (3)
Michelle Williams25.0553.730.152:40.80 (3)
Taylor Ruck24.9453.040.183:33.84 (3)
42FranceFRA3:36.85Q
Béryl Gastaldello26.3254.940.6754.94 (4)
Charlotte Bonnet24.9953.160.121:48.10 (4)
Mathilde Cini25.8254.640.192:42.74 (4)
Anna Santamans25.4554.110.303:36.85 (4)
57Russian FederationRUS3:37.68
Veronika Popova26.5854.350.7454.35 (5)
Viktoriya Andreyeva26.1054.450.231:48.80 (5)
Rozaliya Nasretdinova25.8054.320.202:43.12 (5)
Nataliya Lovtsova26.0054.560.213:37.68 (5)
66BrazilBRA3:39.40
Larissa Oliveira26.8355.540.7055.54 (6)
Etiene Medeiros25.1853.990.191:49.53 (6)
Daynara Paula26.4454.810.412:44.34 (6)
Manuella Lyrio26.3055.060.113:39.40 (6)
71SpainESP3:40.46
Fátima Gallardo26.5355.840.7355.84 (7)
Marta González26.1954.980.421:50.82 (7)
Patricia Castro26.2255.080.432:45.90 (7)
Melani Costa26.1655.440.193:40.46 (7)
88SwitzerlandSUI3:41.02
Maria Ugolkova26.4554.750.6554.75 (8)
Sasha Touretski26.3755.280.361:50.03 (8)
Danielle Villars26.3455.370.122:45.40 (8)
Noémi Girardet26.8455.620.233:41.02 (8)

Final (6 August 2016 — 23:24)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
14AustraliaAUS3:30.65WR
Emma McKeon25.6753.120.7653.41 (1)
Brittany Elmslie25.5952.150.211:46.53 (1)
Bronte Campbell24.4751.970.222:38.68 (1)
Cate Campbell24.1551.970.343:30.65 (1)
25United StatesUSA3:31.89
Simone Manuel25.6452.560.6953.36 (2)
Abbey Weitzeil24.9453.180.211:45.92 (2)
Dana Vollmer25.0152.790.212:39.10 (2)
Katie Ledecky25.3952.790.183:31.89 (2)
33CanadaCAN3:32.89
Sandrine Mainville25.8553.120.6453.86 (3)
Chantal Van Landeghem25.2353.190.171:46.98 (3)
Taylor Ruck25.1552.720.202:40.17 (3)
Penny Oleksiak25.2952.720.133:32.89 (3)
42NetherlandsNED3:33.81
Marrit Steenbergen26.2853.470.8654.29 (4)
Femke Heemskerk25.0653.850.161:47.76 (4)
Inge Dekker25.3851.800.202:41.61 (4)
Ranomi Kromowidjojo24.7352.200.253:33.81 (4)
57SwedenSWE3:35.90
Michelle Coleman26.3352.470.7454.19 (5)
Sarah Sjöström25.3654.700.191:46.66 (5)
Ida Marko-Varga26.2954.540.372:41.36 (5)
Louise Hansson26.1354.540.223:35.90 (5)
66ItalyITA3:36.78
Erika Ferraioli26.1753.690.7255.21 (6)
Silvia Di Pietro25.3853.990.171:48.90 (6)
Aglaia Pezzato25.6153.890.102:42.89 (6)
Federica Pellegrini26.0253.890.183:36.78 (6)
78FranceFRA3:37.45
Béryl Gastaldello26.5853.170.6854.83 (7)
Charlotte Bonnet25.5754.920.131:48.00 (7)
Mathilde Cini26.2954.530.142:42.92 (7)
Anna Santamans25.8954.530.133:37.45 (7)
81JapanJPN3:37.78
Miki Uchida26.353.980.7054.23 (8)
Rikako Ikee25.7955.110.411:48.21 (8)
Misaki Yamaguchi26.2754.460.232:43.32 (8)
Yayoi Matsumoto26.1254.460.313:37.78 (8)