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4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Women

Date22 July 1996
StatusOlympic
LocationGeorgia Tech Aquatic Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Participants81 from 19 countries

In 1994 the Chinese team had been runaway winners of the world title as they dominated the entire championships. Two years later the tables had turned the USA had returned to its’ position as world leader in this event.

Individual 100 metres champion Le Jingyi got China off to a good start but Amy Van Dyken delivered the killer blow on the second leg and the US headed off into the distance and recorded a clear win over China with the Germans following in third.

PosSwimmerNOCR1Final
1United StatesUSA3:42.36 (1 h2)3:39.29 (1)Gold
Angel MartinoAmy Van DykenCatherine FoxJenny ThompsonLisa JacobMelanie Valerio
2People's Republic of ChinaCHN3:44.06 (1 h3)3:40.48 (2)Silver
Le JingyiChao NaNian YunShan Ying
3GermanyGER3:44.17 (2 h3)3:41.48 (3)Bronze
Sandra VölkerSimone OsygusAntje BuschschulteFranziska van AlmsickMeike Freitag
4NetherlandsNED3:43.63 (2 h2)3:42.40 (4)
Marianne MuisMinouche SmitWilma van HofwegenKarin BrienesseManon Masseurs
5SwedenSWE3:45.39 (3 h2)3:44.91 (5)
Linda OlofssonLouise JöhnckeLouise KarlssonJohanna Sjöberg
6AustraliaAUS3:47.94 (2 h1)3:45.31 (6)
Sarah RyanJulia GrevilleLise MackieSusie O'NeillAnna Windsor
7CanadaCAN3:45.66 (3 h3)3:46.27 (7)
Shannon ShakespeareJulie HowardAndrea MoodyMarianne Limpert
8Russian FederationRUS3:47.33 (1 h1)– (AC)
Yelena NazemnovaSvetlana LeshukovaNataliya MeshcheryakovaNataliya Sorokina
9Great BritainGBR3:48.26 (3 h1)
Karen PickeringSue RolphAlison SheppardCarrie Willmott
10FranceFRA3:48.30 (4 h1)
Jacqueline DelordSolenne FiguèsCasey LeglerMarianne Le Verge
11RomaniaROU3:48.43 (4 h2)
Lorena DiaconescuLuminița DobrescuCarmen HereaAndreea Trufașu
12JapanJPN3:48.77 (5 h2)
Suzu ChibaNaoko ImotoSumika MinamotoEri Yamanoi
13DenmarkDEN3:48.93 (4 h3)
Karen EgdalMette JacobsenDitte JensenMette Nørskov Nielsen
14SpainESP3:49.47 (5 h3)
Blanca CerónClaudia FrancoSusanna GarabatosFátima Madrid
15BelarusBLR3:50.22 (6 h3)
Natallia BaranouskayaInha BorodichAlena PopchankaSviatlana Zhidko
16FinlandFIN3:50.33 (5 h1)
Paula HarmokiviMarja HeikkiläMarja Pärssinen-PäivinenMinna Salmela
17SwitzerlandSUI3:53.30 (6 h2)
Dominique DieziSandrine PaquierLara PreaccoNicole Zahnd
18Chinese TaipeiTPE3:56.39 (7 h3)
Chang Wei-ChiaLin Chien-JuLin Chi-ChanTsai Shu-Min
19Republic of KoreaKOR3:57.83 (6 h1)
Jeong On-RaLee Bo-EunLee Ji-HyeonSeo So-Yeong

Round One (22 July 1996)

Fastest eight advanced to the final.

Heat One (12:00)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
15Russian FederationRUS3:47.33Q
Svetlana Leshukova27.7457.310.8057.31 (4)
Nataliya Sorokina26.7457.070.321:54.38 (2)
Yelena Nazemnova27.3356.590.222:50.97 (1)
Nataliya Meshcheryakova25.9456.360.263:47.33 (1)
24AustraliaAUS3:47.94Q
Anna Windsor27.8959.030.7659.03 (6)
Sarah Ryan27.0255.590.161:54.62 (3)
Lise Mackie27.0257.020.232:51.64 (2)
Julia Greville27.1856.300.393:47.94 (2)
33Great BritainGBR3:48.26
Sue Rolph27.5056.610.8456.61 (1)
Alison Sheppard27.1057.520.161:54.13 (1)
Carrie Willmott27.3858.100.222:52.23 (5)
Karen Pickering27.0656.030.243:48.26 (3)
46FranceFRA3:48.30
Solenne Figuès27.9457.120.7457.12 (2)
Jacqueline Delord27.8057.560.351:54.68 (4)
Casey Legler26.9756.980.442:51.66 (3)
Marianne Le Verge27.1256.640.013:48.30 (4)
52FinlandFIN3:50.33
Minna Salmela27.7057.130.8257.13 (3)
Paula Harmokivi27.6957.560.271:54.69 (5)
Marja Pärssinen-Päivinen27.1057.160.262:51.85 (4)
Marja Heikkilä28.0358.480.313:50.33 (5)
67Republic of KoreaKOR3:57.83
Lee Bo-Eun27.8258.770.8358.77 (5)
Seo So-Yeong28.2358.720.371:57.49 (6)
Lee Ji-Hyeon28.7359.380.252:56.87 (6)
Jeong On-Ra29.471:00.960.403:57.83 (6)

Heat Two (12:15)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
14United StatesUSA3:42.36Q
Jenny Thompson26.5855.040.7955.04 (1)
Catherine Fox26.0655.030.151:50.07 (1)
Lisa Jacob26.7356.310.302:46.38 (1)
Melanie Valerio26.5955.980.263:42.36 (1)
22NetherlandsNED3:43.63Q
Marianne Muis26.6955.600.7355.60 (2)
Manon Masseurs27.0856.540.181:52.14 (2)
Wilma van Hofwegen26.1955.240.362:47.38 (2)
Minouche Smit27.1656.250.263:43.63 (2)
33SwedenSWE3:45.39Q
Louise Jöhncke27.2156.810.7956.81 (3)
Johanna Sjöberg26.5156.630.221:53.44 (3)
Louise Karlsson26.4256.230.302:49.67 (3)
Linda Olofsson26.1655.720.313:45.39 (3)
46RomaniaROU3:48.43
Lorena Diaconescu27.4356.890.8556.89 (4)
Carmen Herea28.1958.160.431:55.05 (5)
Andreea Trufașu27.7457.180.212:52.23 (4)
Luminița Dobrescu26.8956.200.293:48.43 (4)
55JapanJPN3:48.77
Sumika Minamoto27.4557.480.7157.48 (5)
Naoko Imoto27.3656.810.121:54.29 (4)
Eri Yamanoi28.0458.190.412:52.48 (5)
Suzu Chiba27.1256.290.483:48.77 (5)
67SwitzerlandSUI3:53.30
Dominique Diezi27.6657.600.8657.60 (6)
Nicole Zahnd27.5058.350.221:55.95 (6)
Lara Preacco27.8958.830.312:54.78 (6)
Sandrine Paquier28.0258.520.213:53.30 (6)

Heat Three (12:30)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
14People's Republic of ChinaCHN3:44.06Q
Shan Ying27.1656.030.8156.03 (1)
Chao Na27.0756.570.521:52.60 (2)
Nian Yun26.1855.800.142:48.40 (1)
Le Jingyi26.8255.660.403:44.06 (1)
25GermanyGER3:44.17Q
Simone Osygus27.1056.500.7656.50 (3)
Antje Buschschulte26.3155.490.111:51.99 (1)
Meike Freitag26.5656.430.182:48.42 (2)
Franziska van Almsick27.0055.750.403:44.17 (2)
33CanadaCAN3:45.66Q
Shannon Shakespeare27.3556.050.8056.05 (2)
Julie Howard27.0756.790.091:52.84 (3)
Andrea Moody26.8356.550.232:49.39 (3)
Marianne Limpert27.1056.270.363:45.66 (3)
46DenmarkDEN3:48.93
Mette Nørskov Nielsen27.4457.850.8157.85 (5)
Mette Jacobsen27.0356.010.471:53.86 (4)
Karen Egdal27.5657.630.282:51.49 (4)
Ditte Jensen27.6157.440.193:48.93 (4)
52SpainESP3:49.47
Blanca Cerón27.9557.520.7657.52 (4)
Fátima Madrid27.6257.850.141:55.37 (5)
Susanna Garabatos27.4557.910.112:53.28 (5)
Claudia Franco26.7656.190.023:49.47 (5)
61BelarusBLR3:50.22
Sviatlana Zhidko28.1458.110.8058.11 (6)
Inha Borodich27.4757.490.001:55.60 (6)
Natallia Baranouskaya27.9857.900.232:53.50 (6)
Alena Popchanka27.4056.720.183:50.22 (6)
77Chinese TaipeiTPE3:56.39
Chang Wei-Chia28.3058.490.7758.49 (7)
Tsai Shu-Min29.0659.790.621:58.28 (7)
Lin Chien-Ju27.8758.380.462:56.66 (7)
Lin Chi-Chan29.1059.730.613:56.39 (7)

Final (22 July 1996 — 21:00)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
14United StatesUSA3:39.29OR
Angel Martino26.4455.340.6855.34 (2)
Amy Van Dyken25.3153.910.181:49.25 (1)
Catherine Fox26.3455.930.312:45.18 (1)
Jenny Thompson26.2454.110.173:39.29 (1)
23People's Republic of ChinaCHN3:40.48
Le Jingyi26.7954.790.7954.79 (1)
Chao Na26.3355.400.251:50.19 (2)
Nian Yun26.2055.420.012:45.61 (2)
Shan Ying26.3254.870.343:40.48 (2)
36GermanyGER3:41.48
Sandra Völker26.6255.700.8555.70 (3)
Simone Osygus26.3456.050.021:51.75 (3)
Antje Buschschulte26.2355.200.002:46.95 (3)
Franziska van Almsick26.3654.530.253:41.48 (3)
45NetherlandsNED3:42.40
Marianne Muis26.7055.730.7755.73 (4)
Minouche Smit26.7956.150.421:51.88 (4)
Wilma van Hofwegen26.2955.530.302:47.41 (4)
Karin Brienesse26.1454.990.243:42.40 (4)
52SwedenSWE3:44.91
Linda Olofsson27.0055.750.8255.75 (5)
Louise Jöhncke26.9056.320.231:52.07 (5)
Louise Karlsson25.9656.070.232:48.14 (5)
Johanna Sjöberg26.3956.770.143:44.91 (5)
68AustraliaAUS3:45.31
Sarah Ryan27.1156.060.7556.06 (6)
Julia Greville27.2656.270.401:52.33 (6)
Lise Mackie27.2357.030.322:49.36 (6)
Susie O'Neill26.3555.950.313:45.31 (6)
77CanadaCAN3:46.27
Shannon Shakespeare27.3656.070.8456.07 (7)
Julie Howard27.0757.030.301:53.10 (7)
Andrea Moody26.8556.740.272:49.84 (7)
Marianne Limpert26.7856.430.383:46.27 (7)
AC1Russian FederationRUSDQ1
Yelena Nazemnova– (AC)
Svetlana Leshukova– (AC)
Nataliya Meshcheryakova– (AC)
Nataliya Sorokina– (AC)