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4 x 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Women

Date10 August 2016
StatusOlympic
LocationEstádio Aquático Olímpico, Parque Olímpico da Barra, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Participants73 from 16 countries
Olympic Record 7:42.92 / United States USA / 1 August 2012

The United States seemed to have an unbeatable team, led by Katie Ledecky, with the 2013 World Champion, Missy Franklin, and the 2012 Olympic Champion, Allison Schmitt. Behind them, the other medal contenders were Australia, China, Italy, and Sweden. Such was the strength of the American team that Franklin would not even make their final squad, as Ledecky and Schmitt were joined by Leah Smith and Maya DiRado. But it would not end up being that easy for the USA, as they would never lead until Ledecky’s anchor.

In the final, Sarah Sjoström swam the opening leg and outtouched Schmitt by 1/100th of a second to put Sweden in the lead on the opening leg. Emma McKeon’s second leg of 1:54.64 gave Australia the lead as she touched 0.31 seconds ahead of Leah Smith, and Sweden dropped all the way back to sixth. Bronte Barratt then outswam DiRado to increase the Australian lead as the anchor leg started, where it was Tamsin Cook against Ledecky, who started with an 0.89 second deficit. She made that up quickly and stormed ahead to what looked like an easy gold medal, although it had not been, winning by almost two seconds over Cook. Canada had been in a battle with China since the second leg, but anchor swimmer Penny Oleksiak brought them home for the bronze medal.

PosSwimmerNOCR1Final
1United StatesUSA7:47.77 (1 h2)7:43.03 (1)Gold
Allison SchmittKatie LedeckyMissy FranklinLeah SmithMaya DiRadoMelanie MargalisCierra Runge
2AustraliaAUS7:49.24 (1 h1)7:44.87 (2)Silver
Bronte BarrattJessica AshwoodEmma McKeonLeah NealeTamsin Cook
3CanadaCAN7:51.99 (3 h1)7:45.39 (3)Bronze
Brittany MacLeanKaterine SavardEmily OverholtKennedy GossPenny OleksiakTaylor Ruck
4People's Republic of ChinaCHN7:49.58 (2 h2)7:47.96 (4)
Wang ShijiaShen DuoDong JieAi YanhanZhang Yuhan
5SwedenSWE7:53.43 (5 h1)7:50.26 (5)
Michelle ColemanIda Marko-VargaSarah SjöströmLouise Hansson
6HungaryHUN7:51.17 (3 h2)7:51.03 (6)
Zsu JakabosKatinka HosszúEvelyn VerrasztóBoglárka KapásAjna Késely
7Russian FederationRUS7:50.52 (2 h1)7:53.26 (7)
Veronika PopovaViktoriya AndreyevaArina OpyonyshevaDarya MullakayevaDarya Ustinova
8JapanJPN7:52.50 (4 h1)7:56.76 (8)
Chihiro IgarashiSachi MochidaTomomi AokiRikako Ikee
9Great BritainGBR7:54.17 (4 h2)
Siobhan-Marie O'ConnorGeorgia CoatesHannah MileyCamilla Hattersley
10FranceFRA7:55.55 (5 h2)
Coralie BalmyCloé HacheCharlotte BonnetMargaux Fabre
11BrazilBRA7:55.68 (6 h2)
Manuella LyrioJessica BruinGabrielle RoncattoLarissa Oliveira
12GermanyGER7:56.74 (7 h2)
Annika BruhnLeonie KullmannPaulina SchmiedelSarah Köhler
13ItalyITA7:57.74 (6 h1)
Alice MizzauMartina De MemmeChiara Masini LuccettiFederica Pellegrini
14NetherlandsNED7:58.74 (7 h1)
Marrit SteenbergenEsmee VermeulenAndrea KneppersRobin Neumann
15SloveniaSLO8:02.22 (8 h1)
Janja ŠegelAnja KlinarTjaša PintarTjaša Oder
16SpainESP8:03.74 (8 h2)
Melani CostaPatricia CastroFátima GallardoÁfrica Zamorano

Round One (10 August 2016 — 14:31)

Fastest eight teams advanced to final

Heat One (14:31)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 m100 m150 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
13AustraliaAUS7:49.24Q
Leah Neale27.5657.371:27.111:57.060.711:57.06 (1)
Bronte Barratt27.7457.431:27.301:56.850.463:53.91 (2)
Tamsin Cook27.4357.291:27.461:57.350.305:51.26 (1)
Jessica Ashwood27.3257.121:27.891:57.980.287:49.24 (4)
22Russian FederationRUS7:50.52Q
Viktoriya Andreyeva27.3357.101:27.271:57.820.781:57.82 (3)
Arina Opyonysheva27.3257.221:27.501:57.670.293:55.49 (4)
Darya Mullakayeva27.1256.791:26.751:57.850.195:53.34 (3)
Veronika Popova27.0856.871:27.141:57.180.317:50.52 (3)
37CanadaCAN7:51.99Q
Katerine Savard27.7257.281:27.561:57.960.651:57.96 (4)
Taylor Ruck26.3955.801:26.011:56.250.183:54.21 (1)
Emily Overholt27.6157.431:28.011:58.290.395:52.50 (4)
Kennedy Goss28.2558.191:29.231:59.490.187:51.99 (6)
46JapanJPN7:52.50Q
Chihiro Igarashi27.4457.121:27.451:57.180.651:57.18 (2)
Rikako Ikee26.9856.331:27.101:57.710.363:54.89 (5)
Tomomi Aoki26.8256.101:26.501:57.390.035:52.28 (2)
Sachi Mochida27.8258.081:29.312:00.220.307:52.50 (7)
55SwedenSWE7:53.43Q
Louise Hansson27.9457.641:28.762:00.070.742:00.07 (7)
Michelle Coleman26.7356.261:26.781:56.930.293:57.00 (3)
Ida Marko-Varga27.2957.261:28.121:59.270.385:56.27 (6)
Sarah Sjöström27.1457.051:27.021:57.160.257:53.43 (2)
64ItalyITA7:57.74
Alice Mizzau28.1057.891:28.521:59.740.741:59.74 (5)
Martina De Memme28.1758.431:29.242:00.540.264:00.28 (7)
Chiara Masini Luccetti27.6958.041:29.332:00.980.086:01.26 (8)
Federica Pellegrini26.7556.591:26.831:56.480.237:57.74 (1)
71NetherlandsNED7:58.74
Marrit Steenbergen27.5858.001:28.862:00.800.862:00.80 (8)
Esmee Vermeulen27.0056.931:27.521:59.070.203:59.87 (6)
Andrea Kneppers27.5658.011:28.671:59.860.305:59.73 (7)
Robin Neumann27.5857.521:28.221:59.010.417:58.74 (5)
88SloveniaSLO8:02.22
Janja Šegel27.8757.981:28.861:59.810.711:59.81 (6)
Anja Klinar28.9659.471:30.462:00.740.294:00.55 (8)
Tjaša Pintar28.1257.801:28.651:59.250.415:59.80 (5)
Tjaša Oder28.7159.661:31.462:02.420.418:02.22 (8)

Heat Two (14:43)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 m100 m150 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
14United StatesUSA7:47.77Q
Allison Schmitt27.3455.861:25.491:55.950.771:55.95 (1)
Missy Franklin26.9856.471:26.551:57.030.313:52.98 (2)
Melanie Margalis27.5656.821:26.731:57.040.505:50.02 (1)
Cierra Runge27.2856.951:27.621:57.750.437:47.77 (3)
25People's Republic of ChinaCHN7:49.58Q
Ai Yanhan27.6557.191:27.151:57.200.661:57.20 (2)
Zhang Yuhan26.7056.361:26.711:56.380.143:53.58 (1)
Dong Jie26.5955.981:26.241:57.450.295:51.03 (2)
Wang Shijia26.7756.541:27.801:58.550.407:49.58 (6)
38HungaryHUN7:51.17Q
Evelyn Verrasztó27.9357.831:28.571:58.810.801:58.81 (6)
Ajna Késely27.1456.821:27.721:58.930.343:57.74 (4)
Boglárka Kapás27.7557.321:27.611:57.770.255:55.51 (3)
Katinka Hosszú26.3955.501:25.691:55.660.477:51.17 (1)
43Great BritainGBR7:54.17
Siobhan-Marie O'Connor27.5657.071:26.901:57.470.801:57.47 (4)
Georgia Coates28.1858.211:28.481:58.590.353:56.06 (3)
Hannah Miley27.9358.141:28.401:58.660.335:54.72 (5)
Camilla Hattersley28.1958.361:29.141:59.450.417:54.17 (7)
52FranceFRA7:55.55
Coralie Balmy27.7157.511:27.451:57.380.721:57.38 (3)
Cloé Hache28.1558.831:30.082:01.520.273:58.90 (8)
Charlotte Bonnet26.7256.481:27.211:58.150.185:57.05 (4)
Margaux Fabre27.9658.161:28.531:58.500.137:55.55 (5)
67BrazilBRA7:55.68
Manuella Lyrio27.8757.641:28.051:58.390.741:58.39 (5)
Jessica Bruin27.3257.411:28.191:59.050.323:57.44 (6)
Gabrielle Roncatto26.6756.761:28.302:00.090.345:57.53 (7)
Larissa Oliveira27.2356.931:27.691:58.150.137:55.68 (4)
71GermanyGER7:56.74
Annika Bruhn27.9058.221:28.481:59.280.761:59.28 (7)
Leonie Kullmann27.7557.961:28.441:59.040.293:58.32 (5)
Paulina Schmiedel28.0259.021:30.422:01.240.395:59.56 (8)
Sarah Köhler27.0257.251:27.321:57.180.247:56.74 (2)
86SpainESP8:03.74
Melani Costa28.0057.701:28.582:00.020.732:00.02 (8)
Patricia Castro27.7757.631:28.561:59.910.423:59.93 (7)
Fátima Gallardo27.1557.331:28.422:00.020.445:59.95 (6)
África Zamorano28.791:00.021:32.122:03.790.318:03.74 (8)

Final (10 August 2016 — 23:55)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 m100 m150 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
14United StatesUSA7:43.03
Allison Schmitt27.8356.881:26.301:56.210.731:56.21 (2)
Leah Smith27.3056.791:26.961:56.690.503:52.90 (3)
Maya DiRado27.2256.661:26.461:56.390.205:49.29 (4)
Katie Ledecky26.5555.081:24.561:53.740.427:43.03 (1)
25AustraliaAUS7:44.87
Leah Neale27.7157.141:27.271:57.950.731:57.95 (7)
Emma McKeon26.2055.361:25.191:54.640.273:52.59 (1)
Bronte Barratt27.1156.551:26.431:55.810.265:48.40 (2)
Tamsin Cook27.1456.601:26.391:56.470.387:44.87 (4)
37CanadaCAN7:45.39
Katerine Savard27.4857.181:27.551:57.910.681:57.91 (6)
Taylor Ruck26.4955.781:25.951:56.180.233:54.09 (2)
Brittany MacLean27.0456.331:26.571:56.360.255:50.45 (3)
Penny Oleksiak26.0154.951:25.021:54.940.157:45.39 (2)
43People's Republic of ChinaCHN7:47.96
Shen Duo27.0657.021:26.491:56.300.751:56.30 (3)
Ai Yanhan26.2956.081:26.701:57.790.083:54.09 (4)
Dong Jie26.6056.241:26.441:57.150.185:51.24 (5)
Zhang Yuhan26.7356.331:26.731:56.720.237:47.96 (5)
58SwedenSWE7:50.26
Michelle Coleman27.0456.291:26.221:56.200.711:56.20 (1)
Ida Marko-Varga27.2157.451:28.361:59.460.343:55.66 (7)
Sarah Sjöström26.1455.251:25.291:54.880.125:50.54 (1)
Louise Hansson27.0056.601:27.941:59.720.387:50.26 (8)
62HungaryHUN7:51.03
Zsu Jakabos27.1757.251:27.681:58.900.711:58.90 (8)
Ajna Késely27.7657.911:28.031:58.740.513:57.64 (6)
Boglárka Kapás27.6457.221:27.171:57.650.305:55.29 (6)
Katinka Hosszú26.4555.891:25.671:55.740.507:51.03 (3)
76Russian FederationRUS7:53.26
Veronika Popova27.5857.321:27.451:57.520.751:57.52 (4)
Viktoriya Andreyeva26.7356.361:27.451:58.100.203:55.62 (5)
Darya Ustinova27.5056.901:28.011:59.540.395:55.16 (8)
Arina Opyonysheva27.4857.341:28.051:58.100.317:53.26 (6)
81JapanJPN7:56.76
Chihiro Igarashi27.2557.311:27.771:57.850.661:57.85 (5)
Sachi Mochida27.8058.611:30.202:02.000.363:59.85 (8)
Tomomi Aoki26.8456.731:27.681:58.660.145:58.51 (7)
Rikako Ikee26.5256.161:26.841:58.250.237:56.76 (7)