Swimming at the 2012 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 XXX Olympiad
Venue London Aquatics Centre
Dates August 3, 2012 (heats)
August 4, 2012 (final)
Competitors 84 from 16 nations
Winning time 3:52.05 WR
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 medley relay event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 3–4 August at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

The U.S. women's team solidified their triumph to demolish a new world record and to recapture their Olympic title after twelve years. Leading from the start, the fearsome foursome of Missy Franklin (58.50), Rebecca Soni (1:04.82), Dana Vollmer (55.48), and Allison Schmitt (53.25) put together a perfect ending with a stunning gold-medal time in 3:52.05 to shave off China's global standard by 14-hundredths of a second from the 2009 World Championships at the peak of the high-tech bodysuit era.[2][3][4]

Australia's Emily Seebohm (59.01), Leisel Jones (1:06.06), Alicia Coutts (56.41), and Melanie Schlanger (52.54) trailed behind their formidable rivals by a couple of seconds, but managed to take home a magnificent silver in 3:54.02.[5] Pulling off a second-place finish, Jones also matched Ian Thorpe for the most medals by an Australian swimmer in her fourth straight Olympics with a remarkable overall tally of nine (three golds, five silver, and one bronze).[6][7]

Japan's Aya Terakawa (58.99), Satomi Suzuki (1:05.96), Yuka Kato (57.36), and Haruka Ueda (53.42) ended on a spectacular fashion with a bronze medal in 3:55.73, holding off the robust Russian quartet of Anastasia Zuyeva (59.13), Yuliya Yefimova (1:04.98), Irina Bespalova (58.59), and Veronika Popova (53.33) by exactly three-tenths of a second (0.30), a fourth-place time in 3:56.03.[8][9]

Outside the podium, China's Zhao Jing (59.86), Ji Liping (1:06.94), Lu Ying (56.80), and Tang Yi (52.81) could not produce a similar stellar performance in the medley relay with a fifth-place finish in 3:56.41, while the Dutch foursome of Sharon van Rouwendaal (1:00.72), Moniek Nijhuis (1:06.74), Inge Dekker (56.91), and rising star Ranomi Kromowidjojo (52.91), who captured another sprint freestyle title an hour earlier, claimed a distant sixth spot in 3:57.28.[9] Denmark (3:57.76) and Great Britain (3:59.46) rounded out the championship finale.[9][10]

Records[edit]

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

World record  China (CHN)
Zhao Jing (58.98)
Chen Huijia (1:04.12)
Jiao Liuyang (56.28)
Li Zhesi (52.81)
3:52.19 Rome, Italy 1 August 2009 [11][12]
Olympic record  Australia (AUS)
Emily Seebohm (59.33)
Leisel Jones (1:04.58)
Jessicah Schipper (56.25)
Lisbeth Trickett (52.53)
3:52.69 Beijing, China 17 August 2008 [13]

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Swimmers Nation Time Record
August 4 Final Missy Franklin (58.50)
Rebecca Soni (1:04.82)
Dana Vollmer (55.48)
Allison Schmitt (53.25)
United States 3:52.05 WR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[14]

Rank Heat Lane Nation Swimmers Time Notes
1 2 5 Australia Emily Seebohm (58.57)
Leisel Jones (1:05.96)
Alicia Coutts (57.45)
Brittany Elmslie (53.44)
3:55.42 Q
2 2 3 Japan Aya Terakawa (59.19)
Satomi Suzuki (1:07.15)
Yuka Kato (57.73)
Haruka Ueda (53.80)
3:57.87 Q
3 2 2 Denmark Mie Nielsen (1:00.27)
Rikke Pedersen (1:07.15)
Jeanette Ottesen (56.74)
Pernille Blume (54.19)
3:58.35 Q, NR
4 2 4 United States Rachel Bootsma (59.70)
Breeja Larson (1:06.66)
Claire Donahue (58.05)
Jessica Hardy (54.47)
3:58.88 Q
5 1 7 Netherlands Sharon van Rouwendaal (1:00.98)
Moniek Nijhuis (1:06.98)
Inge Dekker (57.43)
Femke Heemskerk (53.80)
3:59.19 Q
6 2 6 Great Britain Gemma Spofforth (1:00.02)
Siobhan-Marie O'Connor (1:08.10)
Jemma Lowe (57.56)
Amy Smith (53.69)
3:59.37 Q
7 1 4 China Gao Chang (1:00.41)
Sun Ye (1:08.01)
Jiao Liuyang (57.56)
Tang Yi (53.40)
3:59.38 Q
8 1 5 Russia Maria Gromova (1:01.53)
Yuliya Yefimova (1:05.84)
Irina Bespalova (58.33)
Veronika Popova (53.87)
3:59.57 Q
9 1 3 Germany Jenny Mensing (1:01.02)
Sarah Poewe (1:07.19)
Alexandra Wenk (58.85)
Britta Steffen (52.89)
3:59.95
10 2 7 Sweden Sarah Sjöström (1:01.38)
Jennie Johansson (1:06.94)
Martina Granström (58.46)
Michelle Coleman (53.98)
4:00.76
11 1 2 Italy Arianna Barbieri (1:00.80)
Michela Guzzetti (1:08.62)
Ilaria Bianchi (57.59)
Federica Pellegrini (55.19)
4:02.20
12 1 6 Canada Julia Wilkinson (1:00.49)
Tera van Beilen (1:08.12)
Katerine Savard (59.00)
Samantha Cheverton (55.10)
4:02.71
13 2 1 Spain Duane da Rocha (1:00.43)
Marina García Urzainqui (1:08.35)
Judit Ignacio Sorribes (59.07)
Melania Costa Schmid (55.20)
4:03.05 NR
14 1 1 France Laure Manaudou (1:01.09)
Fanny Babou (1:09.14)
Justine Bruno (1:00.17)
Charlotte Bonnet (55.13)
4:05.53
15 2 8 Iceland Eygló Ósk Gústafsdóttir (1:01.74)
Hrafnhildur Lúthersdóttir (1:09.19)
Sarah Blake Bateman (1:00.04)
Eva Hannesdóttir (56.12)
4:07.09
016 1 8 Hungary Evelyn Verrasztó (1:03.39)
Anna Sztankovics (1:17.43)
Zsuzsanna Jakabos
Eszter Dara
DSQ

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Nation Swimmers Time Time Behind Notes
1 6 United States Missy Franklin (58.50)
Rebecca Soni (1:04.82)
Dana Vollmer (55.48)
Allison Schmitt (53.25)
3:52.05 WR
2 4 Australia Emily Seebohm (59.01)
Leisel Jones (1:06.06)
Alicia Coutts (56.41)
Melanie Schlanger (52.54)
3:54.02 1.97
3 5 Japan Aya Terakawa (58.99)
Satomi Suzuki (1:05.96)
Yuka Kato (57.36)
Haruka Ueda (53.42)
3:55.73 3.68 NR
4 8 Russia Anastasia Zuyeva (59.13)
Yuliya Yefimova (1:04.98)
Irina Bespalova (58.59)
Veronika Popova (53.33)
3:56.03 3.98 NR
5 1 China Zhao Jing (59.86)
Ji Liping (1:06.94)
Lu Ying (56.80)
Tang Yi (52.81)
3:56.41 4.36
6 2 Netherlands Sharon van Rouwendaal (1:00.72)
Moniek Nijhuis (1:06.74)
Inge Dekker (56.91)
Ranomi Kromowidjojo (52.91)
3:57.28 5.23 NR
7 3 Denmark Mie Nielsen (59.76)
Rikke Pedersen (1:06.77)
Jeanette Ottesen (56.83)
Pernille Blume (54.40)
3:57.76 5.71 NR
8 7 Great Britain Gemma Spofforth (59.46)
Siobhan-Marie O'Connor (1:08.45)
Ellen Gandy (57.47)
Francesca Halsall (54.08)
3:59.46 7.41

References[edit]

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