Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's 4 × 100 metre medley relay

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Women's 4×100 metre medley relay
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Venue Beijing National Aquatics Center
Date August 15, 2008 (heats)
August 17, 2008 (final)
Competitors 74 from 16 nations
Winning time 3:52.69 WR
Medalists
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
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Swimming events at the
2008 Summer Olympics
Sample picture of the event (unofficial)
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
Marathon
10 km men women

The women's 4×100 metre medley relay event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 15 and 17 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China.[1]

Dominating the race from the start, the Aussie women's relay team solidified their triumph to destroy the world record and to defend the Olympic title over their American rivals for the second straight time. The foursome of Emily Seebohm (59.33), Leisel Jones (1:04.58), Jessicah Schipper (56.25), and Lisbeth Trickett (52.53) put together a perfect ending with a blazing fast time of 3:52.69 to shave three seconds off their standard from the 2007 FINA World Championships in Melbourne.[2][3]

Team USA's Natalie Coughlin (58.94), Rebecca Soni (1:05.95), Christine Magnuson (56.14), and legend Dara Torres (52.27) trailed behind their greatest rivals in the pool by six-tenths of a second (0.60), but finished under a world-record time to take home a magnificent silver in a new American standard of 3:53.30.[4][5] Competing in her fifth Olympics since 1984, at age 41, Torres also picked up her twelfth career medal to match Jenny Thompson's record as the most successful American woman in Olympic history.[6] Delighted by a raucous home crowd inside the Water Cube, the Chinese quartet of Zhao Jing (59.56), Sun Ye (1:06.75), Zhou Yafei (57.40), and Pang Jiaying (52.40) ended on a spectacular fashion with a bronze medal in an Asian record of 3:56.11.[7][8][9]

Great Britain's Gemma Spofforth (59.05), Kate Haywood (1:07.51), Jemma Lowe (58.13), and Francesca Halsall (52.81) missed the podium by over a single second, but powered home with a fourth-place effort in a European record of 3:57.50, holding off the Russian foursome of Anastasia Zuyeva (59.16), Yuliya Yefimova (1:06.46), Natalya Sutyagina (58.09), and Anastasia Aksenova (54.13) by 0.34 seconds, a fifth-place time of 3:57.84.[10][11] Japan's Reiko Nakamura (59.74), Asami Kitagawa (1:07.04), Yuka Kato (58.17), and Haruka Ueda (54.59) cleared a four-minute barrier to claim a sixth spot in 3:59.54, leaving Canada's Julia Wilkinson (1:01.35), Annamay Pierse (1:06.91), Audrey Lacroix (59.01), and Erica Morningstar (54.08) out of the fence in 4:01.35. As the entire field came to a dramatic finish in the pool, Sweden was disqualified from the race because of an early relay takeoff on the final exchange by freestyle anchor Josefin Lillhage.[9]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Australia (AUS)
Emily Seebohm (1:00.79)
Leisel Jones (1:04.94)
Jessicah Schipper (57.18)
Lisbeth Lenton (52.83)
3:55.74 Melbourne, Australia 31 March 2007 [12]
Olympic record  Australia (AUS)
Giaan Rooney (1:01.18)
Leisel Jones (1:06.50)
Petria Thomas (56.67)
Jodie Henry (52.97)
3:57.32 Athens, Greece 21 August 2004 -

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 17 Final Emily Seebohm (59.33)
Leisel Jones (1:04.58)
Jessicah Schipper (56.25)
Lisbeth Trickett (52.53)
Australia 3:52.69 WR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Nationality Name Time Notes
1 2 4 Australia Emily Seebohm (59.95)
Tarnee White (1:06.81)
Felicity Galvez (56.82)
Shayne Reese (54.36)
3:57.94 Q
2 2 5 Great Britain Gemma Spofforth (1:00.33)
Kate Haywood (1:08.00)
Jemma Lowe (57.34)
Francesca Halsall (53.47)
3:59.14 Q, EU
3 1 4 United States Margaret Hoelzer (59.29)
Megan Jendrick (1:07.17)
Elaine Breeden (58.59)
Kara Lynn Joyce (54.10)
3:59.15 Q
4 1 5 China Xu Tianlongzi (1:01.13)
Sun Ye (1:06.85)
Zhou Yafei (56.94)
Pang Jiaying (54.29)
3:59.21 Q, AS
5 2 3 Russia Kseniya Moskvina (1:01.05)
Yuliya Yefimova (1:06.45)
Natalya Sutyagina (58.31)
Anastasia Aksenova (53.85)
3:59.66 Q
6 1 3 Japan Hanae Ito (1:00.34)
Asami Kitagawa (1:07.33)
Yuka Kato (57.69)
Haruka Ueda (54.55)
3:59.91 Q
7 2 7 Sweden Sarah Sjöström (1:02.48)
Joline Höstman (1:08.48)
Anna-Karin Kammerling (57.57)
Josefin Lillhage (53.59)
4:02.12 Q
8 2 2 Canada Julia Wilkinson (1:00.90)
Annamay Pierse (1:07.22)
Audrey Lacroix (59.84)
Erica Morningstar (54.17)
4:02.13 Q
9 1 8 Germany Antje Buschschulte (1:00.51)
Sarah Poewe (1:08.95)
Daniela Samulski (59.78)
Britta Steffen (53.29)
4:02.53
10 1 2 Brazil Fabíola Molina (1:00.71)
Tatiane Sakemi (1:10.42)
Gabriella Silva (56.97)
Tatiana Barbosa (54.51)
4:02.61
11 1 1 France Alexianne Castel (1:01.28)
Sophie de Ronchi (1:08.75)
Aurore Mongel (58.64)
Alena Popchanka (54.28)
4:02.95
12 2 6 South Africa Melissa Corfe (1:02.62)
Suzaan van Biljon (1:07.90)
Mandy Loots (58.76)
Lize-Mari Retief (54.92)
4:04.20
13 1 6 Netherlands Femke Heemskerk (1:02.97)
Jolijn van Valkengoed (1:10.85)
Inge Dekker (57.41)
Ranomi Kromowidjojo (53.51)
4:04.74
14 2 8 Italy Romina Armellini (1:02.49)
Roberta Panara (1:08.36)
Ilaria Bianchi (58.09)
Federica Pellegrini (55.99)
4:04.93
15 1 7 Spain Nina Zhivanevskaya (1:00.77)
Mireia Belmonte García (1:10.46)
Angela San Juan (1:00.08)
María Fuster (55.09)
4:06.40
16 2 1 Ukraine Iryna Amshennikova (1:03.63)
Yuliya Pidlisna (1:09.53)
Kateryna Zubkova (59.65)
Darya Stepanyuk (55.81)
4:08.62

Final[edit]

Leisel Jones' breaststroke split was the fastest in the race by 1.37 seconds and gave Australia a decisive lead.
Rank Lane Nationality Name Time Time behind Notes
1 4 Australia Emily Seebohm (59.33)
Leisel Jones (1:04.58)
Jessicah Schipper (56.25)
Lisbeth Trickett (52.53)
3:52.69 WR
2 3 United States Natalie Coughlin (58.94)
Rebecca Soni (1:05.95)
Christine Magnuson (56.14)
Dara Torres (52.27)
3:53.30 0.61 AM
3 6 China Zhao Jing (59.56)
Sun Ye (1:06.75)
Zhou Yafei (57.40)
Pang Jiaying (52.40)
3:56.11 3.42 AS
4 5 Great Britain Gemma Spofforth (59.05)
Kate Haywood (1:07.51)
Jemma Lowe (58.13)
Francesca Halsall (52.81)
3:57.50 4.81 EU
5 2 Russia Anastasia Zuyeva (59.16)
Yuliya Yefimova (1:06.46)
Natalya Sutyagina (58.09)
Anastasia Aksenova (54.13)
3:57.84 5.15
6 7 Japan Reiko Nakamura (59.74)
Asami Kitagawa (1:07.04)
Yuka Kato (58.17)
Haruka Ueda (54.59)
3:59.54 6.85
7 8 Canada Julia Wilkinson (1:01.35)
Annamay Pierse (1:06.91)
Audrey Lacroix (59.01)
Erica Morningstar (54.08)
4:01.35 8.66
8 1 Sweden Sarah Sjöström (1:02.63)
Joline Höstman (1:08.11)
Anna-Karin Kammerling (58.51)
Josefin Lillhage
DSQ 9.99

References[edit]

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