Swimming at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay

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Women's 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue London Aquatics Centre
Dates 28 July 2012
Competitors 84 from 16 nations
Winning time 3:33.15 OR
Medalists
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
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Swimming at the
2012 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 freestyle relay event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 28 July at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

The Aussie women's team fought off an early lead by their American rivals and overhauled the field down the stretch to recapture the Olympic freestyle relay title since they did so in 2004. The foursome of Alicia Coutts (53.90), Cate Campbell (53.19), Brittany Elmslie (53.41), and Melanie Schlanger (52.65) put together a blazing fast finish with a new Olympic record in 3:33.15.[2][3]

The Netherlands nearly pulled a worst-to-first effort, building from an eighth-place turn by Inge Dekker (54.67), fifth by Marleen Veldhuis (53.80), and third by Femke Heemskerk (53.39), until they handed Ranomi Kromowidjojo the anchor duties on the final exchange. She delivered a fastest freestyle split in the field with an anchor of 51.93 to race against the Americans for the silver in 3:33.79, but finished just 0.64 seconds off the pace posted by the Aussies.[4] Meanwhile, the U.S. team got off an early lead from Missy Franklin (53.52) and Jessica Hardy (53.53), but slipped through the final stretches from Lia Neal (53.65) and Allison Schmitt (53.54) to settle for the bronze in an American record of 3:34.24.[5] Building a new milestone, Neal became the first ever African-American female to swim in an Olympic final, while Natalie Coughlin, who competed earlier in the relay prelims, picked up her twelfth career medal to share a three-way tie with Dara Torres and Jenny Thompson as the most decorated female Olympic swimmers of all time.[6][7]

China (3:36.75), Great Britain (3:37.02), Denmark (3:37.45), and Japan (3:37.96) also vied for an Olympic medal to round out the championship finale, while Sweden was disqualified from the race because of an early relay takeoff by anchor Gabriella Fagundez.[7]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Netherlands (NED)
Inge Dekker (53.61)
Ranomi Kromowidjojo (52.30)
Femke Heemskerk (53.03)
Marleen Veldhuis (52.78)
3:31.72 Rome, Italy 26 July 2009 [8][9]
Olympic record  Netherlands (NED)
Inge Dekker (54.37)
Ranomi Kromowidjojo (53.39)
Femke Heemskerk (53.42)
Marleen Veldhuis (52.58)
3:33.76 Beijing, China 10 August 2008 [10]

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nation Time Record
July 28 Final Alicia Coutts (53.90)
Cate Campbell (53.19)
Brittany Elmslie (53.41)
Melanie Schlanger (52.65)
Australia 3:33.15 OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[11]

Rank Heat Lane Nation Swimmers Time Notes
1 2 3 Australia Emily Seebohm (54.24)
Brittany Elmslie (53.41)
Yolane Kukla (54.61)
Lisbeth Trickett (54.08)
3:36.34 Q
2 1 4 United States Lia Neal (54.15)
Amanda Weir (54.37)
Natalie Coughlin (53.93)
Allison Schmitt (54.08)
3:36.53 Q
3 2 4 Netherlands Marleen Veldhuis (54.73)
Inge Dekker (53.79)
Hinkelien Schreuder (55.62)
Femke Heemskerk (53.59)
3:37.76 Q
4 1 6 China Tang Yi (53.86)
Qiu Yuhan (54.85)
Wang Haibing (54.14)
Wang Shijia (55.06)
3:37.91 Q
5 1 5 Japan Haruka Ueda (54.22)
Yayoi Matsumoto (54.23)
Miki Uchida (54.47)
Hanae Ito (55.14)
3:38.06 Q, NR
6 2 2 Denmark Pernille Blume (54.44)
Mie Nielsen (54.49)
Lotte Friis (55.97)
Jeanette Ottesen Gray (53.19)
3:38.09 Q, NR
=7 1 2 Great Britain Amy Smith (54.29)
Jess Lloyd (54.53)
Caitlin McClatchey (54.64)
Rebecca Turner (54.75)
3:38.21 Q
=7 1 3 Sweden Sarah Sjöström (54.31)
Michelle Coleman (54.14)
Ida Marko-Varga (54.57)
Gabriella Fagundez (55.19)
3:38.21 Q
9 2 5 Germany Britta Steffen (54.43)
Silke Lippok (55.30)
Lisa Vitting (54.77)
Daniela Schreiber (54.66)
3:39.16
10 1 7 Russia Veronika Popova (54.30)
Nataliya Lovtsova (55.00)
Viktoriya Andreyeva (55.27)
Margarita Nesterova (55.02)
3:39.59
11 2 6 Canada Victoria Poon (54.67)
Julia Wilkinson (54.38)
Samantha Cheverton (54.93)
Heather Maclean (55.62)
3:39.60
12 2 7 Italy Alice Mizzau (55.17)
Federica Pellegrini (54.28)
Laura Letrari (55.74)
Erika Ferraioli (54.55)
3:39.74 NR
13 1 8 Belarus Aliaksandra Herasimenia (53.85)
Sviatlana Khakhlova (54.96)
Aksana Dziamidava (55.94)
Yuliya Khitraya (55.92)
3:40.67 NR
14 2 1 New Zealand Natasha Hind (55.93)
Penelope Marshall (55.82)
Amaka Gessler (55.77)
Hayley Palmer (55.03)
3:42.55
15 1 1 Hungary Ágnes Mutina (56.05)
Evelyn Verrasztó (55.80)
Éva Risztov (57.81)
Eszter Dara (55.13)
3:44.79
16 2 8 Greece Theodora Drakou (55.42)
Nery Mantey Niangkouara (55.52)
Theodora Giareni (57.26)
Kristel Vourna (57.35)
3:45.55

Final[edit]

[12]

Rank Lane Nation Swimmers Time Time Behind Notes
1 4 Australia Alicia Coutts (53.90)
Cate Campbell (53.19)
Brittany Elmslie (53.41)
Melanie Schlanger (52.65)
3:33.15 OR
2 3 Netherlands Inge Dekker (54.67)
Marleen Veldhuis (53.80)
Femke Heemskerk (53.39)
Ranomi Kromowidjojo (51.93)
3:33.79 0.64
3 5 United States Missy Franklin (53.52)
Jessica Hardy (53.53)
Lia Neal (53.65)
Allison Schmitt (53.54)
3:34.24 1.09 AM, NR
4 6 China Tang Yi (53.58)
Qiu Yuhan (54.49)
Wang Haibing (54.03)
Pang Jiaying (54.65)
3:36.75 3.60
5 8 Great Britain Amy Smith (54.27)
Francesca Halsall (53.29)
Jess Lloyd (54.65)
Caitlin McClatchey (54.81)
3:37.02 3.87
6 7 Denmark Pernille Blume (54.52)
Mie Nielsen (54.04)
Lotte Friis (55.72)
Jeanette Ottesen Gray (53.24)
3:37.45 4.30 NR
7 2 Japan Haruka Ueda (54.34)
Yayoi Matsumoto (54.52)
Miki Uchida (54.43)
Hanae Ito (54.67)
3:37.96 4.81 NR
08 1 Sweden Michelle Coleman (54.57)
Sarah Sjöström (53.91)
Ida Marko-Varga (55.01)
Gabriella Fagundez
DSQ 9.99

References[edit]

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