Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Women's 4 × 200 metre freestyle relay
|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|
|Swimming at the|
2004 Summer Olympics
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.
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. 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.
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.
|August 18||Final||Natalie Coughlin (1:57.74)
Carly Piper (1:59.39)
Dana Vollmer (1:58.12)
Kaitlin Sandeno (1:58.17)
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