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4 x 100 metres Medley Relay, Women

Date20 – 21 August 2004
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympiako Kentro Ugrou Stivou, Olympiako Athletiko Kentro Athinon Spiros Loues, Athina (Main Pool)
Participants77 from 16 countries
Olympic Record 3:58.30 WR / United States USA / 23 September 2000

The medley relay at the 2004 Olympics boiled down into two separate contests, one between Australia and the USA for the gold medal and another between all the others for the bronze. The contest for the title neatly split into two halves as Natalie Coughlin and Amanda Beard put America into a clear lead at halfway but newly crowned Olympic champions Petria Thomas and Jodie Henry were still to come. Thomas closed down on Jenny Thompson and handed over to Henry with a lead that was built upon by Henry on the final leg for Australia to claim the Olympic title.

This marked the first time that a nation other the USA or the German Democratic Republic had won the gold medal in this event. With silver in this race, Jenny Thompson won a historic 12th medal. This beat the American record of 11 for any Olympic sport set by Mark Spitz in 1968-72 and lasted until Michael Phelps won his 13th career medal in Beijing.

PosSwimmerNOCR1Final
1AustraliaAUS4:01.17 (1 h2)3:57.32 (1)Gold
Brooke HansonJodie HenryLeisel JonesAlice MillsGiaan RooneyJess SchipperPetria Thomas
2United StatesUSA4:02.82 (1 h1)3:59.12 (2)Silver
Amanda BeardTara KirkRachel KomisarzAmanda WeirHaley CopeNatalie CoughlinKara Lynn JoyceJenny Thompson
3GermanyGER4:04.16 (2 h1)4:00.72 (3)Bronze
Antje BuschschulteDaniela GötzSarah PoeweFranziska van Almsick
4People's Republic of ChinaCHN4:05.97 (3 h2)4:03.35 (4)
Chen XiujunLuo XuejuanZhou YafeiZhu YingwenQi HuiZhan Shu
5JapanJPN4:05.99 (3 h1)4:04.83 (5)
Noriko InadaTomoko NagaiReiko NakamuraJunko OnishiMasami Tanaka
6NetherlandsNED4:08.72 (5 h2)4:07.36 (6)
Madelon BaansInge de BruijnStefanie LuikenMarleen VeldhuisChantal Groot
7SpainESP4:06.90 (4 h2)4:07.61 (7)
María PeláezSara PérezTatiana RoubaNina Zhivanevskaya
8Great BritainGBR4:05.63 (2 h2)– (AC)
Kirsty BalfourKathryn EvansGeorgina LeeMelanie MarshallSarah PriceKaty Sexton
9DenmarkDEN4:08.89 (4 h1)
Mette JacobsenLouise ØrnstedtJeanette Ottesen GrayMajken Thorup
10UkraineUKR4:09.79 (5 h1)
Svitlana BondarenkoYana KlochkovaOlha MukomolKateryna Zubkova
11CanadaCAN4:09.84 (6 h2)
Jennifer FratesiErin GammelBrittany ReimerLauren Van Oosten
12Russian FederationRUS4:10.18 (7 h2)
Yelena BogomazovaNataliya ShalaginaNataliya SutyaginaOksana Verevka
13New ZealandNZL4:10.37 (6 h1)
Annabelle CareyElizabeth CosterAlison FitchHannah McLean
14FranceFRA4:11.42 (8 h2)
Malia MetellaAurore MongelAlexandra PutraLaurie Thomassin
15SwitzerlandSUI4:15.54 (7 h1)
Dominique DieziCarmela SchlegelCarla StampfliNicole Zahnd
ACItalyITA– (AC h1)DQ
Chiara BoggiattoAlessandra CappaAmbra MiglioriFederica Pellegrini

Round One (20 August 2004)

Fastest eight advanced to the final.

Heat One (11:55)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
14United StatesUSA4:02.82Q
Haley Cope30.681:01.960.681:01.96 (1)
Tara Kirk31.411:07.080.392:09.04 (1)
Rachel Komisarz27.8158.750.443:07.79 (1)
Amanda Weir26.5055.030.424:02.82 (1)
25GermanyGER4:04.16Q
Antje Buschschulte30.781:02.470.681:02.47 (4)
Sarah Poewe31.721:07.310.322:09.78 (2)
Franziska van Almsick27.9059.770.003:09.55 (2)
Daniela Götz26.2554.610.364:04.16 (2)
33JapanJPN4:05.99Q
Noriko Inada29.761:02.140.651:02.14 (2)
Masami Tanaka32.571:09.170.132:11.31 (3)
Junko Onishi28.0959.450.183:10.76 (3)
Tomoko Nagai26.2955.230.194:05.99 (3)
41DenmarkDEN4:08.89
Louise Ørnstedt30.711:02.710.711:02.71 (5)
Majken Thorup33.261:11.460.322:14.17 (6)
Mette Jacobsen27.6959.210.303:13.38 (5)
Jeanette Ottesen Gray26.8855.510.214:08.89 (4)
56UkraineUKR4:09.79
Kateryna Zubkova30.751:03.660.691:03.66 (7)
Svitlana Bondarenko33.081:09.360.452:13.02 (5)
Yana Klochkova27.851:00.160.413:13.18 (4)
Olha Mukomol27.0256.610.534:09.79 (5)
67New ZealandNZL4:10.37
Hannah McLean30.391:02.400.681:02.40 (3)
Annabelle Carey33.281:11.980.302:14.38 (7)
Elizabeth Coster28.091:00.380.413:14.76 (6)
Alison Fitch26.8755.610.374:10.37 (6)
78SwitzerlandSUI4:15.54
Dominique Diezi30.891:04.060.621:04.06 (8)
Carmela Schlegel33.551:12.040.322:16.10 (8)
Carla Stampfli28.531:03.370.423:19.47 (7)
Nicole Zahnd26.7856.070.054:15.54 (7)
AC2ItalyITADQ1
Alessandra Cappa30.421:03.110.681:03.11 (6)
Chiara Boggiatto32.761:09.660.102:12.77 (4)
Ambra Migliori-0.06– (–)
Federica Pellegrini– (–)

Heat Two (12:01)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
15AustraliaAUS4:01.17Q
Giaan Rooney30.551:01.990.701:01.99 (4)
Brooke Hanson31.741:07.550.362:09.54 (1)
Jess Schipper27.0758.090.323:07.63 (1)
Alice Mills25.6253.540.224:01.17 (1)
26Great BritainGBR4:05.63Q
Sarah Price30.321:01.900.721:01.90 (2)
Kirsty Balfour32.331:09.190.142:11.09 (2)
Georgina Lee27.9959.560.233:10.65 (2)
Melanie Marshall26.3354.980.214:05.63 (2)
34People's Republic of ChinaCHN4:05.97Q
Zhan Shu30.211:01.920.721:01.92 (3)
Qi Hui32.931:09.900.362:11.82 (4)
Zhou Yafei27.7359.130.313:10.95 (3)
Zhu Yingwen26.2755.020.274:05.97 (3)
47SpainESP4:06.90Q
Nina Zhivanevskaya29.761:01.080.661:01.08 (1)
Sara Pérez33.021:10.520.172:11.60 (3)
María Peláez28.001:00.340.093:11.94 (4)
Tatiana Rouba26.5854.960.224:06.90 (4)
52NetherlandsNED4:08.72Q
Stefanie Luiken31.331:04.130.791:04.13 (6)
Madelon Baans31.861:09.530.092:13.66 (7)
Chantal Groot28.071:00.510.283:14.17 (7)
Marleen Veldhuis25.6254.550.194:08.72 (5)
61CanadaCAN4:09.84
Erin Gammel30.561:02.570.601:02.57 (5)
Lauren Van Oosten32.941:09.570.172:12.14 (5)
Jennifer Fratesi28.831:01.600.153:13.74 (6)
Brittany Reimer26.6456.100.244:09.84 (6)
78Russian FederationRUS4:10.18
Oksana Verevka31.621:05.090.691:05.09 (8)
Yelena Bogomazova32.121:08.510.192:13.60 (6)
Nataliya Sutyagina27.6758.980.253:12.58 (5)
Nataliya Shalagina27.2857.600.274:10.18 (7)
83FranceFRA4:11.42
Alexandra Putra31.701:04.810.711:04.81 (7)
Laurie Thomassin32.921:12.160.342:16.97 (8)
Aurore Mongel28.021:00.400.223:17.37 (8)
Malia Metella25.6654.050.234:11.42 (8)

Final (21 August 2004 — 20:10)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
14AustraliaAUS3:57.32WR
Giaan Rooney30.041:01.180.711:01.18 (4)
Leisel Jones30.941:06.500.242:07.68 (2)
Petria Thomas26.5456.670.373:04.35 (1)
Jodie Henry25.6152.970.283:57.32 (1)
25United StatesUSA3:59.12
Natalie Coughlin29.0759.680.6059.68 (1)
Amanda Beard31.201:06.320.192:06.00 (1)
Jenny Thompson27.4358.810.263:04.81 (2)
Kara Lynn Joyce25.7854.310.193:59.12 (2)
33GermanyGER4:00.72
Antje Buschschulte29.561:00.720.661:00.72 (2)
Sarah Poewe31.451:07.080.272:07.80 (3)
Franziska van Almsick27.1558.540.303:06.34 (3)
Daniela Götz26.1354.380.304:00.72 (3)
42People's Republic of ChinaCHN4:03.35
Chen Xiujun29.681:02.000.591:02.00 (6)
Luo Xuejuan31.891:08.820.272:10.82 (6)
Zhou Yafei27.1058.100.223:08.92 (4)
Zhu Yingwen25.6154.430.084:03.35 (4)
57JapanJPN4:04.83
Reiko Nakamura29.561:01.050.641:01.05 (3)
Masami Tanaka32.301:09.090.152:10.14 (4)
Junko Onishi27.8759.140.213:09.28 (5)
Tomoko Nagai26.4455.550.244:04.83 (5)
68NetherlandsNED4:07.36
Stefanie Luiken31.361:04.830.731:04.83 (8)
Madelon Baans31.971:09.550.212:14.38 (8)
Inge de Bruijn26.8058.850.283:13.23 (8)
Marleen Veldhuis25.2454.130.124:07.36 (6)
71SpainESP4:07.61
Nina Zhivanevskaya29.811:01.290.681:01.29 (5)
Sara Pérez33.241:10.620.272:11.91 (7)
María Peláez28.271:00.740.373:12.65 (7)
Tatiana Rouba26.1554.960.144:07.61 (7)
AC6Great BritainGBRDQ2
Katy Sexton30.701:02.360.761:02.36 (7)
Kirsty Balfour31.981:07.980.122:10.34 (5)
Georgina Lee28.3159.630.363:09.97 (6)
Kathryn Evans-0.05– (AC)