Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Women's 4 × 200 metre freestyle relay

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Women's 4 × 200 metre freestyle relay
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
Venue Olympic Aquatic Centre
Dates August 18, 2004 (heats & final)
Competitors 74 from 16 nations
Winning time 7:53.42 WR
Medalists
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
«2000 2008»
Swimming events at the
2004 Summer Olympics
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Freestyle
50 m   men   women
100 m men women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m women
1500 m men
Backstroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Breaststroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Butterfly
100 m men women
200 m men women
Individual medley
200 m men women
400 m men women
Freestyle relay
4×100 m men women
4×200 m men women
Medley relay
4×100 m men women

The women's 4×200 metre freestyle relay took place on 18 August at the Olympic Aquatic Centre of the Athens Olympic Sports Complex in Athens, Greece.[1]

The U.S. women's swimming team (Natalie Coughlin, Carly Piper, Dana Vollmer, and Kaitlin Sandeno) broke the oldest world record in the book, when they clocked at 7:53.42, slashing 2.05 seconds off the old, drug-tainted mark set by the East Germans exactly 17 years ago. Leading off the race, Coughlin swam a fastest split and a personal best of 1:57.74, which became quicker than a gold-medal performance of 1:58.03 set by Romania's Camelia Potec in the individual 200 m freestyle.[2][3][4]

With Team USA taking its third straight title since the event's Olympic debut in 1996, China made a surprise packet with a silver medal, in an Asian record of 7:55.97.[5] Meanwhile, the unified Germans held off the Aussies for the bronze in 7:57.35, 45-hundredths of a second under an old Olympic record set by Team USA in 2000. Despite missing the podium by 0.05 of a second, the Australians broke their national record of 7:57.40 to settle only for fourth place.[2]

Records[edit]

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  East Germany (GDR)
Manuela Stellmach (2:00.23)
Astrid Strauss (1:58.90)
Anke Möhring (1:58.73)
Heike Friedrich (1:57.61)
7:55.47 Strasbourg, France 18 August 1987
Olympic record  United States (USA)
Samantha Arsenault (1:59.92)
Diana Munz (1:59.19)
Lindsay Benko (1:59.34)
Jenny Thompson (1:59.35)
7:57.80 Sydney, Australia 20 September 2000

The following new world and Olympic records were set during this competition.

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 18 Final Natalie Coughlin (1:57.74)
Carly Piper (1:59.39)
Dana Vollmer (1:58.12)
Kaitlin Sandeno (1:58.17)
United States 7:53.42 WR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Nation Swimmers Time Notes
1 2 4 United States Lindsay Benko (2:00.73)
Rhi Jeffrey (2:01.46)
Carly Piper (1:59.37)
Rachel Komisarz (1:59.25)
8:00.81 Q
2 1 5 Great Britain Karen Pickering (2:00.90)
Joanne Jackson (2:00.89)
Caitlin McClatchey (2:00.65)
Melanie Marshall (1:59.33)
8:01.77 Q
3 1 4 Australia Shayne Reese (2:00.13)
Elka Graham (1:58.83)
Linda Mackenzie (2:00.55)
Giaan Rooney (2:02.34)
8:01.85 Q
4 1 2 Germany Petra Dallmann (2:00.78)
Janina Götz (2:00.87)
Hannah Stockbauer (2:00.35)
Sara Harstick (2:01.22)
8:03.22 Q
5 2 3 Spain Tatiana Rouba (2:00.80)
Melissa Caballero (2:00.64)
Erika Villaécija García (2:00.34)
Arantxa Ramos (2:01.89)
8:03.67 Q
6 2 5 China Zhu Yingwen (2:00.89)
Li Ji (2:01.68)
Yang Yu (1:59.91)
Pang Jiaying (2:02.90)
8:05.38 Q
7 1 1 Brazil Joanna Melo (2:01.38)
Monique Ferreira (2:01.40)
Mariana Brochado (2:01.68)
Paula Baracho (2:01.12)
8:05.58 Q
8 1 3 Sweden Ida Mattsson (2:02.46)
Josefin Lillhage (1:59.19)
Lotta Wanberg (2:02.85)
Johanna Sjöberg (2:02.67)
8:07.17 Q
9 2 6 Netherlands Celina Lemmen (2:02.21)
Haike van Stralen (2:01.80)
Chantal Groot (2.02.87)
Marleen Veldhuis (2:02.08)
8:08.96
10 1 6 France Céline Couderc (2:02.50)
Elsa N'Guessan (2:03.26)
Katarin Quelennec (2:03.56)
Solenne Figuès (2:00.10)
8:09.42
11 2 2 Romania Simona Păduraru (2:00.97)
Larisa Lăcustă (2:03.80)
Beatrice Căslaru (2:04.20)
Camelia Potec (2:00.70)
8:09.67
12 2 7 Switzerland Chantal Strasser (2:02.90)
Hanna Miluska (2:02.75)
Nicole Zahnd (2:01.60)
Flavia Rigamonti (2:03.16)
8:10.41
13 2 1 New Zealand Helen Norfolk (2:01.89)
Alison Fitch (2:00.70)
Rebecca Linton (2:05.17)
Nathalie Bernard (2:07.00)
8:14.76
14 1 7 Italy Alessia Filippi (2:04.09)
Sara Parise (2:03.69)
Cecilia Vianini (2:03.52)
Cristina Chiuso (2:04.00)
8:15.30
15 1 8 Greece Zoi Dimoschaki (2:02.33)
Marianna Lymperta (2:02.71)
Evangelia Tsagka (2:05.99)
Georgia Manoli (2:05.66)
8:16.69
16 2 8 Slovenia Sara Isaković (2:01.82)
Anja Klinar (2:03.44)
Anja Čarman (2:03.19)
Lavra Babič (2:08.44)
8:16.89

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Nation Swimmers Time Time behind Notes
1 4 United States Natalie Coughlin (1:57.74)
Carly Piper (1:59.39)
Dana Vollmer (1:58.12)
Kaitlin Sandeno (1:58.17)
7:53.42 WR
2 7 China Zhu Yingwen (1:59.75)
Xu Yanwei (1:58.45)
Yang Yu (1:59.50)
Pang Jiaying (1:58.27)
7:55.97 2.55 AS
3 6 Germany Franziska van Almsick (1:59.61)
Petra Dallmann (2:00.06)
Antje Buschschulte (1:58.46)
Hannah Stockbauer (1:59.22)
7:57.35 3.93
4 3 Australia Alice Mills (2:00.38)
Elka Graham (1:59.18)
Shayne Reese (2:00.64)
Petria Thomas (1:57.20)
7:57.40 3.98 OC
5 5 Great Britain Melanie Marshall (1:59.39)
Georgina Lee (2:00.50)
Caitlin McClatchey (2:00.48)
Karen Pickering (1:58.74)
7:59.11 5.69
6 2 Spain Tatiana Rouba (2:00.18)
Melissa Caballero (2:00.57)
Arantxa Ramos (2:02.32)
Erika Villaécija García (1:59.04)
8:02.11 8.69
7 1 Brazil Joanna Melo (2:01.20)
Monique Ferreira (2:01.42)
Mariana Brochado (2:01.15)
Paula Baracho (2:01.52)
8:05.29 11.87
8 8 Sweden Josefin Lillhage (1:59.86)
Ida Mattsson (2:01.45)
Malin Svahnström (2:03.68)
Lotta Wanberg (2:03.35)
8:08.34 14.92

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming schedule". BBC Sport. 5 August 2004. Retrieved 17 June 2007. 
  2. ^ a b Thomas, Stephen (18 August 2004). "US Women Break the Oldest World Record in the Book, the 800 Freestyle Relay". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Dodd, Mike (18 August 2004). "American women erase swimming's oldest world record". USA Today. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Fitzpatrick, Franz (19 August 2004). "German mark now worthless The U.S. women's 4×200 relay squad drowned an unpopular 1987 record". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Chinese women win silver for freestyle relay gold". China Daily. 19 August 2004. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 

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