Swimming at the 2012 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 XXX Olympiad
Venue London Aquatics Centre
Dates August 1, 2012 (heats & final)
Competitors 84 from 16 nations
Winning time 7:42.92 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 × 200 metre freestyle relay event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 1 August at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

The U.S. women's team smashed a new Olympic record to recapture their freestyle relay title with the help of a sterling anchor leg from Allison Schmitt. Trailing throughout most of the race with a back-to-back lead from Australia and France before the final exchange, Schmitt demolished the field with a remarkable split of 1:54.09 to deliver the American foursome of Missy Franklin (1:55.96), Dana Vollmer (1:56.02), and Shannon Vreeland (1:56.85) a gold medal and an Olympic record in 7:42.92.[2][3]

Australia's Bronte Barratt (1:55.76), Melanie Schlanger (1:55.62), and Kylie Palmer (1:56.91) handed Alicia Coutts the anchor duties at the final exchange with a 0.54-second lead, but Coutts' split of 1:56.12 was just over a full-body length behind Schmitt's stunning anchor, leaving them with a silver medal in 7:44.41.[4][5] Meanwhile, the fantastic French quartet of Camille Muffat (1:55.51), Charlotte Bonnet (1:57.78), Ophélie-Cyrielle Étienne (1:58.05), and Coralie Balmy (1:56.15) took home the bronze in 7:47.49.[6][7]

Canada's Barbara Jardin (1:57.96), Samantha Cheverton (1:56.91), Amanda Reason (1:59.32), and Brittany MacLean (1:56.46) missed the podium with a fourth-place time in 7:50.65, while Great Britain's home favorite foursome of Caitlin McClatchey (1:58.66), Rebecca Turner (1:57.39), Hannah Miley (1:58.12), and Joanne Jackson (1:58.20) struggled to mount a challenge in an Olympic-medal race as they finished fifth in 7:52.37.[8][9] China (7:53.11), led by medley double champion Ye Shiwen, Italy (7:56.30), and Japan (7:56.73) rounded out the championship finale.[7]

Records[edit]

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

World record  China (CHN)
Yang Yu (1:55.47)
Zhu Qianwei (1:55.79)
Liu Jing (1:56.09)
Pang Jiaying (1:54.73)
7:42.08 Rome, Italy 30 July 2009 [10][11]
Olympic record  Australia (AUS)
Stephanie Rice (1:56.60)
Bronte Barratt (1:56.58)
Kylie Palmer (1:55.22)
Linda Mackenzie (1:55.91)
7:44.31 Beijing, China 14 August 2008 [12]

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nation Time Record
August 1 Final Missy Franklin (1:55.96)
Dana Vollmer (1:56.02)
Shannon Vreeland (1:56.85)
Allison Schmitt (1:54.09)
United States 7:42.92 OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[13]

Rank Heat Lane Nation Swimmers Time Notes
1 1 4 Australia Brittany Elmslie (1:57.50)
Angie Bainbridge (1:57.70)
Jade Neilsen (1:57.25)
Blair Evans (1:56.99)
7:49.44 Q
2 2 4 United States Lauren Perdue (1:58.07)
Shannon Vreeland (1:57.04)
Alyssa Anderson (1:57.33)
Dana Vollmer (1:58.31)
7:50.75 Q
3 1 5 Canada Barbara Jardin (1:57.76)
Samantha Cheverton (1:57.38)
Amanda Reason (1:58.51)
Brittany MacLean (1:57.19)
7:50.84 Q
4 2 6 Italy Alice Mizzau (1:57.95)
Alice Nesti (1:59.80)
Diletta Carli (1:58.54)
Federica Pellegrini (1:56.46)
7:52.75 Q
5 1 3 France Ophélie-Cyrielle Étienne (1:58.43)
Margaux Farrell (2:00.06)
Mylene Lazare (1:58.82)
Camille Muffat (1:55.57)
7:52.88 Q
6 2 5 China Zhu Qianwei (1:59.23)
Liu Jing (1:58.00)
Chen Qian (1:58.17)
Pang Jiaying (1:58.26)
7:53.66 Q
7 1 6 Great Britain Caitlin McClatchey (1:58.22)
Rebecca Turner (1:57.87)
Ellie Faulkner (1:59.36)
Joanne Jackson (1:58.86)
7:54.31 Q
8 1 2 Japan Haruka Ueda (1:57.70)
Hanae Ito (1:58.12)
Yayoi Matsumoto (1:59.67)
Aya Takano (1:59.07)
7:54.56 Q
9 2 3 Hungary Ágnes Mutina (2:00.06)
Zsuzsanna Jakabos (1:57.59)
Katinka Hosszú (1:57.84)
Evelyn Verrasztó (1:59.09)
7:54.58
10 1 1 Spain Melania Costa Schmid (1:57.66)
Patricia Castro (1:58.09)
Lydia Morant (1:59.66)
Mireia Belmonte García (1:59.18)
7:54.59 NR
11 2 2 New Zealand Natasha Hind (1:58.79)
Samantha Lucie-Smith (1:58.89)
Amaka Gessler (1:59.03)
Melissa Ingram (1:59.21)
7:55.92 NR
12 1 7 Russia Mariya Baklakova (2:00.75)
Elena Sokolova (1:58.33)
Veronika Popova (1:58.48)
Daria Belyakina (1:58.94)
7:56.50
13 2 7 Germany Silke Lippok (1:58.43)
Theresa Michalak (2:00.65)
Annika Bruhn (1:59.61)
Daniela Schreiber (2:00.24)
7:58.93
14 2 1 Slovenia Sara Isaković (1:59.58)
Anja Klinar (2:00.53)
Urša Bežan (2:01.92)
Mojca Sagmeister (2:02.66)
8:04.69
15 1 8 Ukraine Daryna Zevina (1:59.68)
Ganna Dzerkal (2:04.68)
Darya Stepanyuk (2:05.49)
Iryna Glavnyk (2:02.82)
8:12.67
16 2 8 Poland Katarzyna Wilk (2:05.46)
Karolina Szczepaniak (2:02.99)
Diana Sokołowska (2:01.45)
Alexandra Putra (2:03.86)
8:13.76

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Nation Swimmers Time Time Behind Notes
1 5 United States Missy Franklin (1:55.96)
Dana Vollmer (1:56.02)
Shannon Vreeland (1:56.85)
Allison Schmitt (1:54.09)
7:42.92 OR
2 4 Australia Bronte Barratt (1:55.76)
Melanie Schlanger (1:55.62)
Kylie Palmer (1:56.91)
Alicia Coutts (1:56.12)
7:44.41 1.49
3 2 France Camille Muffat (1:55.51)
Charlotte Bonnet (1:57.78)
Ophélie-Cyrielle Étienne (1:58.05)
Coralie Balmy (1:56.15)
7:47.49 4.57 NR
4 3 Canada Barbara Jardin (1:57.96)
Samantha Cheverton (1:56.91)
Amanda Reason (1:59.32)
Brittany MacLean (1:56.46)
7:50.65 7.73
5 1 Great Britain Caitlin McClatchey (1:58.66)
Rebecca Turner (1:57.39)
Hannah Miley (1:58.12)
Joanne Jackson (1:58.20)
7:52.37 9.45
6 7 China Wang Shijia (1:58.32)
Ye Shiwen (1:57.37)
Liu Jing (1:59.51)
Tang Yi (1:57.91)
7:53.11 10.19
7 6 Italy Alice Mizzau (1:58.93)
Alice Nesti (2:00.03)
Diletta Carli (1:59.73)
Federica Pellegrini (1:57.61)
7:56.30 13.38
8 8 Japan Haruka Ueda (1:58.23)
Hanae Ito (1:58.26)
Yayoi Matsumoto (2:00.82)
Aya Takano (1:59.42)
7:56.73 13.81

References[edit]

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