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4 x 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Women

Date18 August 2004
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympiako Kentro Ugrou Stivou, Olympiako Athletiko Kentro Athinon Spiros Loues, Athina (Main Pool)
Participants74 from 16 countries
Olympic Record 7:57.80 / United States USA / 20 September 2000

On 18 August 1987 a foursome from the German Democratic Republic set a world record for the longer of the two women’s freestyle relays at the European Swimming Championships in Strasbourg, France. It stood largely unchallenged for exactly 17 years, almost to the hour, until a USA quartet of Natalie Coughlin, Carly Piper, Dana Vollmer, and Kaitlin Sandeno took it apart in the process of winning Olympic gold in Athens.

As a race, the final was decided on the first leg where Coughlin took a 1½ second lead so the interest shifted to the question of how fast the Americans could swim and whether the final world record held by the East Germans would be deleted from the record books. The answer was in the affirmative as more than two seconds were sliced off the time of the GDR quartet. China were runners-up with Germany holding off a fast finishing Australia for bronze.

PosSwimmerNOCR1Final
1United StatesUSA8:00.81 (1 h2)7:53.42 (1)Gold
Natalie CoughlinCarly PiperKaitlin SandenoDana VollmerLindsay BenkoRhi JeffreyRachel Komisarz
2People's Republic of ChinaCHN8:05.38 (3 h2)7:55.97 (2)Silver
Pang JiayingXu YanweiYang YuZhu YingwenLi Ji
3GermanyGER8:03.22 (3 h1)7:57.35 (3)Bronze
Antje BuschschultePetra DallmannHannah StockbauerFranziska van AlmsickJanina-Kristin GötzSara Harstick
4AustraliaAUS8:01.85 (2 h1)7:57.40 (4)
Elka GrahamAlice MillsShayne ReesePetria ThomasLinda MacKenzieGiaan Rooney
5Great BritainGBR8:01.77 (1 h1)7:59.11 (5)
Georgina LeeMelanie MarshallCaitlin McClatcheyKaren PickeringJo Jackson
6SpainESP8:03.67 (2 h2)8:02.11 (6)
Melissa CaballeroArantxa RamosTatiana RoubaErika Villaécija
7BrazilBRA8:05.58 (4 h1)8:05.29 (7)
Paula BarachoMariana BrochadoMonique FerreiraJoanna Maranhão
8SwedenSWE8:07.17 (5 h1)8:08.34 (8)
Josefin LillhageIda MattssonMalin SvahnströmLotta WänbergJohanna Sjöberg
9NetherlandsNED8:08.96 (4 h2)
Chantal GrootCelina LemmenHaike van StralenMarleen Veldhuis
10FranceFRA8:09.42 (6 h1)
Céline CoudercSolenne FiguèsElsa N'GuessanKatarin Quelennec
11RomaniaROU8:09.67 (5 h2)
Beatrice CăşlaruLarisa LăcusțăSimona PăduraruCamelia Potec
12SwitzerlandSUI8:10.41 (6 h2)
Hanna MiluskaFlavia RigamontiChantal StrasserNicole Zahnd
13New ZealandNZL8:14.76 (7 h2)
Nathalie BernardAlison FitchRebecca LintonHelen Norfolk
14ItalyITA8:15.30 (7 h1)
Cristina ChiusoAlessia FilippiSara PariseCecilia Vianini
15GreeceGRE8:16.69 (8 h1)
Zoi DimoskhakiMarianna LymbertaGeorgia ManoliEvi Tsanga
16SloveniaSLO8:16.89 (8 h2)
Lavra BabičAnja ČarmanSara IsakovičAnja Klinar

Round One (18 August 2004)

Fastest eight advanced to the final.

Heat One (11:39)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 m100 m150 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
15Great BritainGBR8:01.77Q
Karen Pickering28.4458.761:29.622:00.900.742:00.90 (3)
Jo Jackson27.9558.481:29.972:00.890.114:01.79 (4)
Caitlin McClatchey27.8658.821:30.022:00.650.206:02.44 (3)
Melanie Marshall27.3057.691:28.741:59.330.338:01.77 (1)
24AustraliaAUS8:01.85Q
Shayne Reese28.1058.381:29.152:00.130.812:00.13 (1)
Elka Graham27.6957.641:28.371:58.830.283:58.96 (1)
Linda MacKenzie28.2059.081:30.032:00.550.375:59.51 (1)
Giaan Rooney28.8259.951:31.162:02.340.358:01.85 (2)
32GermanyGER8:03.22Q
Petra Dallmann28.5758.801:30.232:00.780.872:00.78 (2)
Janina-Kristin Götz28.2958.591:29.672:00.870.454:01.65 (=2)
Hannah Stockbauer27.8158.381:29.762:00.350.336:02.00 (2)
Sara Harstick27.7658.201:29.632:01.220.298:03.22 (3)
41BrazilBRA8:05.58Q
Joanna Maranhão28.9559.601:30.592:01.380.722:01.38 (4)
Monique Ferreira28.1858.711:30.012:01.400.314:02.78 (5)
Mariana Brochado28.1858.761:30.242:01.680.296:04.46 (4)
Paula Baracho28.5159.441:30.352:01.120.348:05.58 (4)
53SwedenSWE8:07.17Q
Ida Mattsson28.5659.001:30.772:02.460.842:02.46 (6)
Josefin Lillhage27.7457.581:28.381:59.190.334:01.65 (=2)
Lotta Wänberg28.6759.401:30.982:02.850.416:04.50 (5)
Johanna Sjöberg27.5258.361:30.442:02.670.078:07.17 (5)
66FranceFRA8:09.42
Céline Couderc28.5659.021:30.572:02.500.862:02.50 (7)
Elsa N'Guessan29.231:00.981:32.552:03.260.404:05.76 (7)
Katarin Quelennec29.301:00.261:32.022:03.560.366:09.32 (6)
Solenne Figuès28.6759.271:29.992:00.100.338:09.42 (6)
77ItalyITA8:15.30
Alessia Filippi29.371:00.411:32.172:04.090.962:04.09 (8)
Sara Parise28.8259.921:31.632:03.690.354:07.78 (8)
Cecilia Vianini28.651:00.221:31.842:03.520.276:11.30 (8)
Cristina Chiuso28.671:00.481:32.612:04.000.378:15.30 (7)
88GreeceGRE8:16.69
Zoi Dimoskhaki29.651:00.401:31.682:02.330.832:02.33 (5)
Marianna Lymberta29.341:00.151:31.632:02.710.534:05.04 (6)
Evi Tsanga29.311:00.671:33.182:05.990.416:11.03 (7)
Georgia Manoli29.011:00.841:33.132:05.660.238:16.69 (8)

Heat Two (11:49)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 m100 m150 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
14United StatesUSA8:00.81Q
Lindsay Benko28.5458.641:29.762:00.730.772:00.73 (1)
Rhi Jeffrey29.141:00.171:31.242:01.460.444:02.19 (2)
Carly Piper27.6657.891:28.811:59.370.496:01.56 (1)
Rachel Komisarz28.3558.641:29.111:59.250.288:00.81 (1)
23SpainESP8:03.67Q
Tatiana Rouba28.8459.131:30.152:00.800.852:00.80 (2)
Melissa Caballero28.4359.171:30.032:00.640.524:01.44 (1)
Erika Villaécija27.8758.681:29.832:00.340.206:01.78 (2)
Arantxa Ramos29.0359.771:31.042:01.890.388:03.67 (2)
35People's Republic of ChinaCHN8:05.38Q
Zhu Yingwen28.2958.791:30.032:00.890.792:00.89 (3)
Li Ji28.8259.441:30.772:01.680.554:02.57 (3)
Yang Yu27.5757.701:28.981:59.910.266:02.48 (3)
Pang Jiaying28.1359.751:31.252:02.900.338:05.38 (3)
46NetherlandsNED8:08.96
Celina Lemmen28.7459.501:30.702:02.210.812:02.21 (7)
Haike van Stralen28.2659.191:30.712:01.800.294:04.01 (5)
Chantal Groot27.5358.171:30.772:02.870.366:06.88 (4)
Marleen Veldhuis28.5059.621:30.702:02.080.298:08.96 (4)
52RomaniaROU8:09.67
Simona Păduraru28.7759.121:30.102:00.970.802:00.97 (4)
Larisa Lăcusță28.5259.971:31.712:03.800.554:04.77 (6)
Beatrice Căşlaru28.911:00.211:32.432:04.200.636:08.97 (8)
Camelia Potec28.0558.751:29.732:00.700.478:09.67 (5)
67SwitzerlandSUI8:10.41
Chantal Strasser29.0759.731:31.402:02.900.942:02.90 (8)
Hanna Miluska27.8758.861:30.912:02.750.054:05.65 (8)
Nicole Zahnd28.1258.811:29.892:01.600.136:07.25 (5)
Flavia Rigamonti28.751:00.091:31.952:03.160.228:10.41 (6)
71New ZealandNZL8:14.76
Helen Norfolk29.1159.211:30.302:01.890.732:01.89 (6)
Alison Fitch28.0559.151:30.322:00.700.374:02.59 (4)
Rebecca Linton28.4559.711:32.092:05.170.326:07.76 (6)
Nathalie Bernard28.6159.791:32.692:07.000.268:14.76 (7)
88SloveniaSLO8:16.89
Sara Isakovič29.1359.951:31.042:01.820.862:01.82 (5)
Anja Klinar28.881:00.251:31.942:03.440.204:05.26 (7)
Anja Čarman28.7559.981:31.692:03.190.186:08.45 (7)
Lavra Babič29.411:01.691:34.722:08.440.408:16.89 (8)

Final (18 August 2004 — 21:01)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 m100 m150 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
14United StatesUSA7:53.42WR
Natalie Coughlin27.9358.491:28.111:57.740.691:57.74 (1)
Carly Piper27.9857.991:28.811:59.390.523:57.13 (1)
Dana Vollmer27.7357.671:28.201:58.120.295:55.25 (1)
Kaitlin Sandeno27.7257.311:27.621:58.170.437:53.42 (1)
27People's Republic of ChinaCHN7:55.97
Zhu Yingwen27.9658.151:29.411:59.750.791:59.75 (4)
Xu Yanwei26.9757.031:27.821:58.450.283:58.20 (2)
Yang Yu27.1157.391:28.261:59.500.185:57.70 (2)
Pang Jiaying27.5557.391:27.751:58.270.267:55.97 (2)
36GermanyGER7:57.35
Franziska van Almsick27.6657.631:28.701:59.610.831:59.61 (3)
Petra Dallmann27.9058.691:29.622:00.060.343:59.67 (4)
Antje Buschschulte26.4055.701:26.711:58.460.285:58.13 (3)
Hannah Stockbauer27.8158.391:29.331:59.220.227:57.35 (3)
43AustraliaAUS7:57.40
Alice Mills27.8758.191:29.522:00.380.752:00.38 (7)
Elka Graham27.7658.121:28.781:59.180.453:59.56 (3)
Shayne Reese28.2259.971:30.642:00.640.336:00.20 (4)
Petria Thomas27.2257.031:27.361:57.200.247:57.40 (4)
55Great BritainGBR7:59.11
Melanie Marshall27.8157.941:28.621:59.390.721:59.39 (2)
Georgina Lee27.9258.081:29.472:00.500.173:59.89 (5)
Caitlin McClatchey28.5258.991:30.042:00.480.186:00.37 (5)
Karen Pickering27.3257.171:27.801:58.740.187:59.11 (5)
62SpainESP8:02.11
Tatiana Rouba28.0058.291:29.382:00.180.842:00.18 (6)
Melissa Caballero28.0558.551:29.642:00.570.324:00.75 (6)
Arantxa Ramos28.8759.651:31.092:02.320.386:03.07 (6)
Erika Villaécija27.5457.771:28.921:59.040.108:02.11 (6)
71BrazilBRA8:05.29
Joanna Maranhão28.8659.301:30.202:01.200.732:01.20 (8)
Monique Ferreira28.1158.771:30.212:01.420.194:02.62 (8)
Mariana Brochado27.9758.661:30.132:01.150.266:03.77 (7)
Paula Baracho28.3259.151:30.312:01.520.318:05.29 (7)
88SwedenSWE8:08.34
Josefin Lillhage28.1458.341:29.291:59.860.831:59.86 (5)
Ida Mattsson27.9358.521:30.032:01.450.264:01.31 (7)
Malin Svahnström28.2159.821:31.882:03.680.306:04.99 (8)
Lotta Wänberg28.831:00.001:31.642:03.350.478:08.34 (8)