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4 x 100 metres Medley Relay, Women

Date24 July 1996
StatusOlympic
LocationGeorgia Tech Aquatic Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Participants103 from 24 countries

With a quartet comprising entirely of swimmers who had won individual medals in Atlanta, the US looked unbeatable in the medley relay. The race went exactly as predicted with opening swimmer Beth Botsford putting the Americans into a lead that, although they were briefly passed by South Africa at halfway, meant they were guaranteed the gold. The main interest involved charting the various fluctuations of the teams chasing the silver and bronze medals. As South Africa faded out of the podium positions Germany moved through to claim silver with China third.

PosSwimmerNOCR1Final
1United StatesUSA4:05.80 (1 h2)4:02.88 (1)Gold
Beth BotsfordAmanda BeardAngel MartinoAmy Van DykenCatherine FoxWhitney HedgepethKristine QuanceJenny Thompson
2AustraliaAUS4:08.87 (1 h3)4:05.08 (2)Silver
Nicole StevensonSam RileySusie O'NeillSarah RyanHelen DenmanAngela Kennedy
3People's Republic of ChinaCHN4:09.23 (1 h1)4:07.34 (3)Bronze
Chen YanHan XueCai HuijueShan Ying
4South AfricaRSA4:09.47 (3 h3)4:08.16 (4)
Marianne KrielPenny HeynsMandy LootsHeleen Muller
5CanadaCAN4:09.50 (2 h2)4:08.29 (5)
Julie HowardGuylaine CloutierSarah EvanetzShannon Shakespeare
6GermanyGER4:08.95 (2 h3)4:09.22 (6)
Antje BuschschulteKathrin DumitruFranziska van AlmsickSandra Völker
7Russian FederationRUS4:10.65 (2 h1)4:10.56 (7)
Nina ZhivanevskayaYelena MakarovaYelena NazemnovaNataliya MeshcheryakovaSvetlana Pozdeyeva
8ItalyITA4:10.57 (4 h3)4:10.59 (8)
Lorenza VigaraniManuela Dalla ValleIlaria TocchiniCecilia Vianini
9JapanJPN4:10.71 (5 h3)
Ayari AoyamaSuzu ChibaMai NakamuraMasami Tanaka
10SwedenSWE4:10.88 (3 h2)
Therèse AlshammarHanna JaltnerLouise JöhnckeJohanna Sjöberg
11HungaryHUN4:10.92 (3 h1)
Krisztina EgerszegiEdit KlockerÁgnes KovácsAnna Nyíri
12NetherlandsNED4:11.64 (4 h1)
Madelon BaansKarin BrienesseBrenda StarinkWilma van Hofwegen
13Great BritainGBR4:13.75 (4 h2)
Caroline FootJaime KingKaren PickeringHelen Slatter
14FinlandFIN4:14.14 (5 h1)
Mia HagmanAnu KoivistoMarja Pärssinen-PäivinenMinna Salmela
15SpainESP4:15.63 (5 h2)
Claudia FrancoMaría OlayMaría PeláezEva Piñera
16FranceFRA4:15.69 (6 h1)
Karine BrémondSolenne FiguèsCécile JeansonHélène Ricardo
17RomaniaROU4:16.18 (6 h2)
Cătălina CăşaruBeatrice CoadăLuminița DobrescuLoredana Zisu
18Republic of KoreaKOR4:18.98 (7 h2)
Byeon Hye-YeongLee Bo-EunLee Ji-HyeonPark U-Hui
19New ZealandNZL4:19.83 (6 h3)
Alison FitchLydia LipscombeAnna SimcicAnna Wilson
20Czech RepublicCZE4:21.05 (8 h2)
Marcela KubalčíkováKristýna KyněrováLenka MaňhalováKateřina Pivoňková
21PortugalPOR4:21.61 (7 h3)
Ana AlegriaAna FranciscoMaria Carlos SantosJoana Soutinho
22GreeceGRE4:24.80 (8 h3)
Marina KarystinouAikaterini KlepkouTonia MakhairaKatia Sarakatsani
23ArgentinaARG4:27.99 (7 h1)
Valeria ÁlvarezMaría BertellottiMaría PereyraMaría Carolina Santa Cruz
24Chinese TaipeiTPE4:38.90 (8 h1)
Hsieh Shu-TingLin Chien-JuMou Ying-HsinTsai Shu-Min

Round One (24 July 1996)

Fastest eight advanced to the final.

Heat One (11:30)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
14People's Republic of ChinaCHN4:09.23Q
Chen Yan30.821:02.881:02.88 (3)
Han Xue32.061:11.280.222:14.16 (4)
Cai Huijue27.4259.780.003:13.94 (1)
Shan Ying26.6855.290.244:09.23 (1)
25Russian FederationRUS4:10.65Q
Nina Zhivanevskaya30.931:02.401:02.40 (2)
Yelena Makarova33.111:10.890.102:13.29 (2)
Svetlana Pozdeyeva28.181:00.900.313:14.19 (3)
Nataliya Meshcheryakova26.3956.460.204:10.65 (2)
33HungaryHUN4:10.92
Krisztina Egerszegi29.941:01.051:01.05 (1)
Ágnes Kovács32.641:09.830.432:10.88 (1)
Edit Klocker29.601:03.180.393:14.06 (2)
Anna Nyíri26.5356.860.004:10.92 (3)
47NetherlandsNED4:11.64
Brenda Starink30.751:03.821:03.82 (4)
Madelon Baans32.201:10.130.272:13.95 (3)
Wilma van Hofwegen27.321:01.130.253:15.08 (4)
Karin Brienesse27.1356.560.434:11.64 (4)
52FinlandFIN4:14.14
Anu Koivisto30.941:04.191:04.19 (6)
Mia Hagman33.351:11.330.162:15.52 (5)
Marja Pärssinen-Päivinen28.461:02.010.133:17.53 (5)
Minna Salmela27.1256.610.304:14.14 (5)
66FranceFRA4:15.69
Hélène Ricardo31.441:04.101:04.10 (5)
Karine Brémond34.121:11.930.342:16.03 (6)
Cécile Jeanson30.031:02.730.403:18.76 (6)
Solenne Figuès27.1156.930.174:15.69 (6)
78ArgentinaARG4:27.99
Valeria Álvarez32.321:05.691:05.69 (7)
María Carolina Santa Cruz35.571:15.130.352:20.82 (7)
María Pereyra30.061:04.330.433:25.15 (7)
María Bertellotti30.041:02.840.334:27.99 (7)
81Chinese TaipeiTPE4:38.90
Lin Chien-Ju34.731:10.671:10.67 (8)
Mou Ying-Hsin37.431:20.410.562:31.08 (8)
Hsieh Shu-Ting29.871:05.090.333:36.17 (8)
Tsai Shu-Min30.151:02.730.384:38.90 (8)

Heat Two (11:45)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
14United StatesUSA4:05.80Q
Whitney Hedgepeth30.201:01.451:01.45 (1)
Kristine Quance32.991:10.400.312:11.85 (1)
Jenny Thompson27.0358.530.143:10.38 (1)
Catherine Fox26.4155.420.204:05.80 (1)
25CanadaCAN4:09.50Q
Julie Howard31.161:04.011:04.01 (4)
Guylaine Cloutier31.921:08.800.112:12.81 (2)
Sarah Evanetz28.171:01.020.243:13.83 (2)
Shannon Shakespeare26.5055.670.204:09.50 (2)
33SwedenSWE4:10.88
Therèse Alshammar30.691:03.801:03.80 (2)
Hanna Jaltner32.561:10.060.352:13.86 (3)
Johanna Sjöberg27.691:00.770.173:14.63 (3)
Louise Jöhncke26.6056.250.194:10.88 (3)
46Great BritainGBR4:13.75
Helen Slatter31.361:03.871:03.87 (3)
Jaime King32.481:11.150.212:15.02 (4)
Caroline Foot28.181:01.750.013:16.77 (4)
Karen Pickering27.5756.980.434:13.75 (4)
52SpainESP4:15.63
Eva Piñera31.281:04.921:04.92 (6)
María Olay33.831:12.650.192:17.57 (6)
María Peláez28.521:01.380.173:18.95 (5)
Claudia Franco26.7456.680.164:15.63 (5)
67RomaniaROU4:16.18
Cătălina Căşaru31.811:05.061:05.06 (7)
Beatrice Coadă33.021:12.310.182:17.37 (5)
Loredana Zisu29.121:02.650.303:20.02 (6)
Luminița Dobrescu27.0256.160.334:16.18 (6)
71Republic of KoreaKOR4:18.98
Lee Ji-Hyeon31.091:04.551:04.55 (5)
Byeon Hye-Yeong34.971:13.220.362:17.77 (7)
Park U-Hui30.341:04.480.523:22.25 (7)
Lee Bo-Eun27.1956.730.244:18.98 (7)
88Czech RepublicCZE4:21.05
Kateřina Pivoňková32.411:05.761:05.76 (8)
Lenka Maňhalová34.561:13.410.452:19.17 (8)
Marcela Kubalčíková29.861:04.340.363:23.51 (8)
Kristýna Kyněrová27.4957.540.254:21.05 (8)

Heat Three (12:00)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
14AustraliaAUS4:08.87Q
Nicole Stevenson30.811:03.071:03.07 (4)
Helen Denman32.331:09.620.542:12.69 (2)
Angela Kennedy27.761:00.450.383:13.14 (2)
Sarah Ryan26.6755.730.214:08.87 (1)
23GermanyGER4:08.95Q
Antje Buschschulte30.661:02.831:02.83 (2)
Kathrin Dumitru33.711:11.510.242:14.34 (5)
Franziska van Almsick27.9359.710.293:14.05 (3)
Sandra Völker26.6654.900.184:08.95 (2)
36South AfricaRSA4:09.47Q
Marianne Kriel30.941:02.741:02.74 (1)
Penny Heyns31.341:07.780.302:10.52 (1)
Mandy Loots28.991:02.440.303:12.96 (1)
Heleen Muller26.8056.510.034:09.47 (3)
42ItalyITA4:10.57Q
Lorenza Vigarani31.641:03.881:03.88 (5)
Manuela Dalla Valle32.051:09.300.142:13.18 (3)
Ilaria Tocchini28.551:01.030.383:14.21 (4)
Cecilia Vianini27.1556.360.314:10.57 (4)
55JapanJPN4:10.71
Mai Nakamura30.531:02.951:02.95 (3)
Masami Tanaka33.311:10.820.232:13.77 (4)
Ayari Aoyama27.711:00.870.223:14.64 (5)
Suzu Chiba26.7256.070.324:10.71 (5)
67New ZealandNZL4:19.83
Lydia Lipscombe31.101:04.291:04.29 (6)
Anna Wilson33.531:13.820.382:18.11 (6)
Anna Simcic30.221:04.950.243:23.06 (6)
Alison Fitch27.0356.770.344:19.83 (6)
71PortugalPOR4:21.61
Maria Carlos Santos31.701:05.701:05.70 (7)
Joana Soutinho34.021:13.730.412:19.43 (7)
Ana Francisco29.951:04.290.363:23.72 (7)
Ana Alegria27.9357.890.124:21.61 (7)
88GreeceGRE4:24.80
Aikaterini Klepkou32.051:05.761:05.76 (8)
Katia Sarakatsani34.681:15.590.112:21.35 (8)
Marina Karystinou30.651:05.420.333:26.77 (8)
Tonia Makhaira28.0058.030.024:24.80 (8)

Final (24 July 1996 — 20:30)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
14United StatesUSA4:02.88
Beth Botsford29.911:01.671:01.67 (1)
Amanda Beard32.521:08.340.072:10.01 (2)
Angel Martino26.7558.700.353:08.71 (1)
Amy Van Dyken25.6654.170.174:02.88 (1)
25AustraliaAUS4:05.08
Nicole Stevenson30.431:02.651:02.65 (6)
Sam Riley31.561:08.190.262:10.84 (3)
Susie O'Neill27.4159.030.313:09.87 (2)
Sarah Ryan26.2755.210.224:05.08 (2)
36People's Republic of ChinaCHN4:07.34
Chen Yan30.301:02.481:02.48 (4)
Han Xue32.841:09.920.292:12.40 (5)
Cai Huijue27.6759.920.323:12.32 (4)
Shan Ying26.4755.020.394:07.34 (3)
42South AfricaRSA4:08.16
Marianne Kriel30.471:02.391:02.39 (3)
Penny Heyns31.151:07.410.052:09.80 (1)
Mandy Loots28.961:02.330.533:12.13 (3)
Heleen Muller26.6956.030.004:08.16 (4)
57CanadaCAN4:08.29
Julie Howard30.721:03.541:03.54 (7)
Guylaine Cloutier31.891:08.790.032:12.33 (4)
Sarah Evanetz28.061:00.850.313:13.18 (5)
Shannon Shakespeare26.6555.110.224:08.29 (5)
63GermanyGER4:09.22
Antje Buschschulte30.321:02.611:02.61 (5)
Kathrin Dumitru33.471:11.680.142:14.29 (8)
Franziska van Almsick27.811:00.420.033:14.71 (8)
Sandra Völker25.9854.510.144:09.22 (6)
78Russian FederationRUS4:10.56
Nina Zhivanevskaya30.061:02.081:02.08 (2)
Yelena Makarova33.021:11.760.232:13.84 (7)
Yelena Nazemnova27.881:00.800.363:14.64 (7)
Nataliya Meshcheryakova26.4455.920.324:10.56 (7)
81ItalyITA4:10.59
Lorenza Vigarani31.261:03.731:03.73 (8)
Manuela Dalla Valle32.391:09.420.262:13.15 (6)
Ilaria Tocchini28.511:01.010.353:14.16 (6)
Cecilia Vianini27.2756.430.304:10.59 (8)