Swimming at the 2004 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 XXVIII Olympiad
VenueOlympic Aquatic Centre
DatesAugust 18, 2004 (heats & final)
Competitors74 from 16 nations
Winning time7:53.42 WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s)  United States (USA)
Natalie Coughlin, Carly Piper, Dana Vollmer, Kaitlin Sandeno, Lindsay Benko*, Rhi Jeffrey*, Rachel Komisarz*
2nd, silver medalist(s)  China (CHN)
Zhu Yingwen, Xu Yanwei, Yang Yu, Pang Jiaying, Li Ji*
3rd, bronze medalist(s)

 Germany (GER)
Franziska van Almsick, Petra Dallmann, Antje Buschschulte, Hannah Stockbauer, Janina Götz*, Sara Harstick*


*Indicates the swimmer only competed in the preliminary heats.
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The women's 4×200 metre freestyle relay took place on 18 August at the Olympic Aquatic Centre of the Athens Olympic Sports Complex in Athens, Greece.[1]

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.[2][3][4]

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.[5] 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.[2]

Records[edit]

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.

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 18 Final Natalie Coughlin (1:57.74)
Carly Piper (1:59.39)
Dana Vollmer (1:58.12)
Kaitlin Sandeno (1:58.17)
 United States 7:53.42 WR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Nation Swimmers Time Notes
1 2 4  United States Lindsay Benko (2:00.73)
Rhi Jeffrey (2:01.46)
Carly Piper (1:59.37)
Rachel Komisarz (1:59.25)
8:00.81 Q
2 1 5  Great Britain Karen Pickering (2:00.90)
Joanne Jackson (2:00.89)
Caitlin McClatchey (2:00.65)
Melanie Marshall (1:59.33)
8:01.77 Q
3 1 4  Australia Shayne Reese (2:00.13)
Elka Graham (1:58.83)
Linda Mackenzie (2:00.55)
Giaan Rooney (2:02.34)
8:01.85 Q
4 1 2  Germany Petra Dallmann (2:00.78)
Janina Götz (2:00.87)
Hannah Stockbauer (2:00.35)
Sara Harstick (2:01.22)
8:03.22 Q
5 2 3  Spain Tatiana Rouba (2:00.80)
Melissa Caballero (2:00.64)
Erika Villaécija García (2:00.34)
Arantxa Ramos (2:01.89)
8:03.67 Q
6 2 5  China Zhu Yingwen (2:00.89)
Li Ji (2:01.68)
Yang Yu (1:59.91)
Pang Jiaying (2:02.90)
8:05.38 Q
7 1 1  Brazil Joanna Melo (2:01.38)
Monique Ferreira (2:01.40)
Mariana Brochado (2:01.68)
Paula Baracho (2:01.12)
8:05.58 Q
8 1 3  Sweden Ida Mattsson (2:02.46)
Josefin Lillhage (1:59.19)
Lotta Wanberg (2:02.85)
Johanna Sjöberg (2:02.67)
8:07.17 Q
9 2 6  Netherlands Celina Lemmen (2:02.21)
Haike van Stralen (2:01.80)
Chantal Groot (2.02.87)
Marleen Veldhuis (2:02.08)
8:08.96
10 1 6  France Céline Couderc (2:02.50)
Elsa N'Guessan (2:03.26)
Katarin Quelennec (2:03.56)
Solenne Figuès (2:00.10)
8:09.42
11 2 2  Romania Simona Păduraru (2:00.97)
Larisa Lăcustă (2:03.80)
Beatrice Câșlaru (2:04.20)
Camelia Potec (2:00.70)
8:09.67
12 2 7  Switzerland Chantal Strasser (2:02.90)
Hanna Miluska (2:02.75)
Nicole Zahnd (2:01.60)
Flavia Rigamonti (2:03.16)
8:10.41
13 2 1  New Zealand Helen Norfolk (2:01.89)
Alison Fitch (2:00.70)
Rebecca Linton (2:05.17)
Nathalie Bernard (2:07.00)
8:14.76
14 1 7  Italy Alessia Filippi (2:04.09)
Sara Parise (2:03.69)
Cecilia Vianini (2:03.52)
Cristina Chiuso (2:04.00)
8:15.30
15 1 8  Greece Zoi Dimoschaki (2:02.33)
Marianna Lymperta (2:02.71)
Evangelia Tsagka (2:05.99)
Georgia Manoli (2:05.66)
8:16.69
16 2 8  Slovenia Sara Isaković (2:01.82)
Anja Klinar (2:03.44)
Anja Čarman (2:03.19)
Lavra Babič (2:08.44)
8:16.89

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Nation Swimmers Time Time behind Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 4  United States Natalie Coughlin (1:57.74)
Carly Piper (1:59.39)
Dana Vollmer (1:58.12)
Kaitlin Sandeno (1:58.17)
7:53.42 WR
2nd, silver medalist(s) 7  China Zhu Yingwen (1:59.75)
Xu Yanwei (1:58.45)
Yang Yu (1:59.50)
Pang Jiaying (1:58.27)
7:55.97 2.55 AS
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6  Germany Franziska van Almsick (1:59.61)
Petra Dallmann (2:00.06)
Antje Buschschulte (1:58.46)
Hannah Stockbauer (1:59.22)
7:57.35 3.93
4 3  Australia Alice Mills (2:00.38)
Elka Graham (1:59.18)
Shayne Reese (2:00.64)
Petria Thomas (1:57.20)
7:57.40 3.98 OC
5 5  Great Britain Melanie Marshall (1:59.39)
Georgina Lee (2:00.50)
Caitlin McClatchey (2:00.48)
Karen Pickering (1:58.74)
7:59.11 5.69
6 2  Spain Tatiana Rouba (2:00.18)
Melissa Caballero (2:00.57)
Arantxa Ramos (2:02.32)
Erika Villaécija García (1:59.04)
8:02.11 8.69
7 1  Brazil Joanna Melo (2:01.20)
Monique Ferreira (2:01.42)
Mariana Brochado (2:01.15)
Paula Baracho (2:01.52)
8:05.29 11.87
8 8  Sweden Josefin Lillhage (1:59.86)
Ida Mattsson (2:01.45)
Malin Svahnström (2:03.68)
Lotta Wanberg (2:03.35)
8:08.34 14.92

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming schedule". BBC Sport. 5 August 2004. Retrieved 17 June 2007.
  2. ^ a b Thomas, Stephen (18 August 2004). "US Women Break the Oldest World Record in the Book, the 800 Freestyle Relay". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 21 May 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  3. ^ Dodd, Mike (18 August 2004). "American women erase swimming's oldest world record". USA Today. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  4. ^ Fitzpatrick, Franz (19 August 2004). "German mark now worthless The U.S. women's 4×200 relay squad drowned an unpopular 1987 record". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  5. ^ "Chinese women win silver for freestyle relay gold". China Daily. 19 August 2004. Retrieved 10 May 2013.

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