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4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Women

Date14 August 2004
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympiako Kentro Ugrou Stivou, Olympiako Athletiko Kentro Athinon Spiros Loues, Athina (Main Pool)
Participants72 from 16 countries
Olympic Record 3:36.61 WR / United States USA / 16 September 2000

Not since the Melbourne Olympics of 1956 had Australia won the women’s 4×100 metres freestyle relay. All subsequent editions had been won either by the United States or East Germany. The USA were still World Champions but their margin over the Aussies and Germans had shrunk to less than a second in 2003 and the Australian women had been extremely impressive at their own Olympic trials.

Germany held the lead after the first leg of the final but latterly slipped back and the stage was set for the expected showdown between Australia and America. New world record holder Libby Lenton put Australia in front at the 200 m mark but Amanda Weir responded to move the USA back into the lead after the third leg. The two anchor swimmers were America’s Queen of the relays, Jenny Thompson, and the Commonwealth Games champion Jodie Henry for Australia. Henry, the younger swimmer by a decade, clawed back the advantage and helped Australia set a new world record in the bargain. After eight successive championship victories, this was the first defeat for Thompson in an Olympic relay final.

PosSwimmerNOCR1Final
1AustraliaAUS3:38.26 (1 h2)3:35.94 (1)Gold
Jodie HenryLibby LentonAlice MillsPetria ThomasSarah Ryan
2United StatesUSA3:39.46 (2 h2)3:36.39 (2)Silver
Natalie CoughlinKara Lynn JoyceJenny ThompsonAmanda WeirLindsay BenkoRitz CorreiaColleen Lanné
3NetherlandsNED3:39.93 (3 h2)3:37.59 (3)Bronze
Inge de BruijnInge DekkerChantal GrootMarleen VeldhuisAnnabel Kosten
4GermanyGER3:41.19 (1 h1)3:37.94 (4)
Antje BuschschultePetra DallmannDaniela GötzFranziska van AlmsickBritta Steffen
5FranceFRA3:42.42 (3 h1)3:40.23 (5)
Céline CoudercSolenne FiguèsMalia MetellaAurore Mongel
6Great BritainGBR3:41.96 (2 h1)3:40.82 (6)
Lisa ChapmanKathryn EvansMelanie MarshallKaren PickeringAlison Sheppard
7SwedenSWE3:41.51 (4 h2)3:41.22 (7)
Therèse AlshammarAnna-Karin KammerlingJosefin LillhageJohanna SjöbergCathrin Carlzon
8People's Republic of ChinaCHN3:42.84 (4 h1)3:42.90 (8)
Cheng JiaruXu YanweiYang YuZhu Yingwen
9Republic of KoreaKOR3:44.84 (5 h1)
Kim Hyeon-JuRyu Yun-JiSim Min-JiSeon So-Eun
10ItalyITA3:44.88 (6 h1)
Cristina ChiusoSara PariseFederica PellegriniCecilia Vianini
11BelarusBLR3:45.38 (=5 h2)
Sviatlana KhokhlavaIryna NiafiodavaHanna ShcherbaMaryia Shcherba
12BrazilBRA3:45.38 (=5 h2)
Renata BurgosFlávia DelaroliRebeca GusmãoTatiana Barbosa
13Czech RepublicCZE3:46.83 (7 h1)
Ilona HlaváčkováSandra KazíkováPetra KlosováJana Myšková
14SpainESP3:47.47 (8 h1)
Melissa CaballeroAna Belén PalomoLaura RocaTatiana Rouba
15SwitzerlandSUI3:48.61 (7 h2)
Dominique DieziSeraina PrünteMarjorie SagneNicole Zahnd
ACGreeceGRE– (AC h2)DQ
Zoi DimoskhakiEleni KostiMartha MatsaNery Mantey Niangkouara

Round One (14 August 2004)

Fastest eight advanced to the final.

Heat One (12:22)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
14GermanyGER3:41.19Q
Petra Dallmann27.0755.490.8855.49 (1)
Britta Steffen26.8856.310.341:51.80 (4)
Daniela Götz26.6555.040.202:46.84 (2)
Antje Buschschulte26.2254.350.213:41.19 (1)
23Great BritainGBR3:41.96Q
Alison Sheppard27.3856.350.8256.35 (5)
Kathryn Evans26.4455.210.261:51.56 (2)
Karen Pickering27.0355.570.202:47.13 (3)
Melanie Marshall25.9854.830.163:41.96 (2)
35FranceFRA3:42.42Q
Solenne Figuès27.2955.610.8655.61 (2)
Céline Couderc26.7755.840.351:51.45 (1)
Aurore Mongel27.3756.250.182:47.70 (4)
Malia Metella26.5254.720.363:42.42 (3)
46People's Republic of ChinaCHN3:42.84Q
Cheng Jiaru27.1556.140.8356.14 (4)
Xu Yanwei26.6555.430.411:51.57 (3)
Zhu Yingwen26.6855.080.242:46.65 (1)
Yang Yu26.4556.190.263:42.84 (4)
57Republic of KoreaKOR3:44.84
Seon So-Eun27.2656.860.7856.86 (8)
Ryu Yun-Ji26.1655.240.261:52.10 (5)
Sim Min-Ji27.5656.910.342:49.01 (6)
Kim Hyeon-Ju26.8955.830.313:44.84 (5)
62ItalyITA3:44.88
Cecilia Vianini27.4456.530.8356.53 (7)
Cristina Chiuso26.6656.330.261:52.86 (7)
Sara Parise27.2657.380.382:50.24 (8)
Federica Pellegrini25.9854.640.093:44.88 (6)
78Czech RepublicCZE3:46.83
Jana Myšková27.0056.020.8956.02 (3)
Petra Klosová26.6356.490.401:52.51 (6)
Ilona Hlaváčková26.9556.420.352:48.93 (5)
Sandra Kazíková26.9757.900.293:46.83 (7)
81SpainESP3:47.47
Tatiana Rouba27.6256.410.8556.41 (6)
Ana Belén Palomo27.0256.640.241:53.05 (8)
Laura Roca27.6556.830.262:49.88 (7)
Melissa Caballero27.9857.590.513:47.47 (8)

Heat Two (12:30)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
15AustraliaAUS3:38.26Q
Alice Mills26.5454.770.7354.77 (2)
Libby Lenton26.1354.480.271:49.25 (1)
Sarah Ryan26.4254.970.192:44.22 (1)
Jodie Henry26.2454.040.403:38.26 (1)
24United StatesUSA3:39.46Q
Amanda Weir26.8654.500.7554.50 (1)
Colleen Lanné26.2855.420.391:49.92 (2)
Lindsay Benko26.3754.800.282:44.72 (2)
Ritz Correia26.3054.740.393:39.46 (2)
33NetherlandsNED3:39.93Q
Inge Dekker27.0455.560.9955.56 (3)
Annabel Kosten26.1555.240.131:50.80 (3)
Marleen Veldhuis25.9554.610.182:45.41 (3)
Chantal Groot25.9954.520.233:39.93 (3)
46SwedenSWE3:41.51Q
Josefin Lillhage27.2155.720.8855.72 (4)
Cathrin Carlzon26.4556.050.241:51.77 (4)
Therèse Alshammar26.0654.330.292:46.10 (4)
Johanna Sjöberg26.1655.410.273:41.51 (4)
=52BelarusBLR3:45.38
Hanna Shcherba26.9156.100.7356.10 (6)
Maryia Shcherba26.9856.780.151:52.88 (6)
Iryna Niafiodava26.7356.460.212:49.34 (5)
Sviatlana Khokhlava26.5856.040.453:45.38 (=5)
=57BrazilBRA3:45.38
Rebeca Gusmão27.0656.560.7056.56 (7)
Tatiana Barbosa26.8356.670.221:53.23 (7)
Renata Burgos26.5556.320.372:49.55 (6)
Flávia Delaroli25.7655.830.143:45.38 (=5)
78SwitzerlandSUI3:48.61
Dominique Diezi26.9556.780.8056.78 (8)
Marjorie Sagne26.6957.170.131:53.95 (8)
Seraina Prünte27.3458.160.152:52.11 (7)
Nicole Zahnd27.0356.500.163:48.61 (7)
AC1GreeceGREDQ
Nery Mantey Niangkouara26.7455.790.7955.79 (5)
Zoi Dimoskhaki27.1356.090.101:51.88 (5)
Martha Matsa-0.06– (AC)
Eleni Kosti– (–)

Final (14 August 2004 — 20:53)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
14AustraliaAUS3:35.94WR
Alice Mills26.3554.750.7654.75 (3)
Libby Lenton25.1853.570.271:48.32 (1)
Petria Thomas26.4754.670.432:42.99 (2)
Jodie Henry25.5852.950.323:35.94 (1)
25United StatesUSA3:36.39
Kara Lynn Joyce26.6954.740.7354.74 (2)
Natalie Coughlin25.7353.830.281:48.57 (2)
Amanda Weir26.0854.050.182:42.62 (1)
Jenny Thompson25.9253.770.183:36.39 (2)
33NetherlandsNED3:37.59
Chantal Groot26.6455.450.8155.45 (6)
Inge Dekker26.1454.660.281:50.11 (5)
Marleen Veldhuis25.5054.110.142:44.22 (4)
Inge de Bruijn25.2153.370.283:37.59 (3)
46GermanyGER3:37.94
Antje Buschschulte26.6354.670.8254.67 (1)
Petra Dallmann26.1054.790.261:49.46 (3)
Daniela Götz25.9053.990.252:43.45 (3)
Franziska van Almsick26.7154.490.283:37.94 (4)
51FranceFRA3:40.23
Solenne Figuès27.0855.360.8555.36 (4)
Céline Couderc26.4255.200.241:50.56 (6)
Aurore Mongel26.7455.720.302:46.28 (7)
Malia Metella25.7753.950.283:40.23 (5)
67Great BritainGBR3:40.82
Melanie Marshall26.4655.420.7055.42 (5)
Kathryn Evans25.9354.330.191:49.75 (4)
Karen Pickering26.9855.580.242:45.33 (5)
Lisa Chapman26.2355.490.073:40.82 (6)
72SwedenSWE3:41.22
Josefin Lillhage26.8155.770.8055.77 (7)
Johanna Sjöberg26.1155.900.091:51.67 (8)
Therèse Alshammar25.6754.180.172:45.85 (6)
Anna-Karin Kammerling25.6855.370.143:41.22 (7)
88People's Republic of ChinaCHN3:42.90
Cheng Jiaru26.9356.200.8256.20 (8)
Xu Yanwei26.5955.190.241:51.39 (7)
Yang Yu26.6256.080.182:47.47 (8)
Zhu Yingwen26.7955.430.443:42.90 (8)