Swimming at the 2004 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 XXVIII Olympiad
Venue Olympic Aquatic Centre
Dates August 14, 2004 (heats & final)
Competitors 72 from 16 nations
Winning time 3:35.96 WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s)  Australia (AUS)
Alice Mills, Lisbeth Lenton, Petria Thomas, Jodie Henry, Sarah Ryan*
2nd, silver medalist(s)  United States (USA)
Kara Lynn Joyce, Natalie Coughlin, Amanda Weir, Jenny Thompson, Lindsay Benko*, Maritza Correia*, Colleen Lanne*
3rd, bronze medalist(s)

 Netherlands (NED)
Chantal Groot, Inge Dekker, Marleen Veldhuis, Inge de Bruijn, Annabel Kosten*


*Indicates the swimmer only competed in the preliminary heats.
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The women's 4×100 metre freestyle relay took place on 14 August at the Olympic Aquatic Centre of the Athens Olympic Sports Complex in Athens, Greece.[1]

For the first time in 48 years, the Australians (Alice Mills, Lisbeth Lenton, Petria Thomas, and Jodie Henry) overhauled the Team USA on the final leg to win a gold medal in the event. When Henry touched the wall at 3:35.94, the Australians broke a new world record under a 0.06-second mark set by the Germans in 2002 (3:36.00). Henry also unleashed a remarkable relay split of 52.95, the fastest of all-time in Olympic history.[2][3][4]

The U.S. team of Kara Lynn Joyce, Natalie Coughlin, Amanda Weir, and Jenny Thompson finished out an American record of 3:36.39 to earn a silver medal, while the Dutch took home the bronze in 3:37.59, after Inge de Bruijn swam a split of 53.37 to hold off the Germans anchored by Franziska van Almsick.[2][5]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Germany (GER)
Katrin Meissner (54.82)
Petra Dallmann (53.95)
Sandra Völker (53.59)
Franziska van Almsick (53.64)
3:36.00 Berlin, Germany 29 July 2002
Olympic record  United States (USA)
Amy Van Dyken (55.08)
Dara Torres (53.51)
Courtney Shealy (54.40)
Jenny Thompson (53.62)
3:36.61 Sydney, Australia 16 September 2000

The following new world and Olympic records were set during this competition.

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 14 Final Alice Mills (54.75)
Lisbeth Lenton (53.57)
Petria Thomas (54.67)
Jodie Henry (52.95)
 Australia 3:35.94 WR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Nation Swimmers Time Notes
1 2 5  Australia Alice Mills (54.77)
Libby Lenton (54.58)
Sarah Ryan (54.97)
Jodie Henry (54.04)
3:38.26 Q, OC
2 2 4  United States Amanda Weir (54.50)
Colleen Lanne (55.42)
Lindsay Benko (54.80)
Maritza Correia (54.74)
3:39.46 Q
3 2 3  Netherlands Inge Dekker (55.56)
Annabel Kosten (55.24)
Marleen Veldhuis (54.61)
Chantal Groot (54.52)
3:39.93 Q
4 1 4  Germany Petra Dallmann (55.49)
Britta Steffen (56.31)
Daniela Götz (55.04)
Antje Buschschulte (54.35)
3:41.19 Q
5 2 6  Sweden Josefin Lillhage (55.72)
Cathrin Carlzon (56.05)
Therese Alshammar (54.33)
Johanna Sjöberg (55.41)
3:41.51 Q
6 1 3  Great Britain Alison Sheppard (55.49)
Kathryn Evans (55.21)
Karen Pickering (55.57)
Melanie Marshall (54.83)
3:41.96 Q
7 1 5  France Solenne Figuès (55.61)
Céline Couderc (55.84)
Aurore Mongel (56.25)
Malia Metella (54.72)
3:42.42 Q
8 1 6  China Cheng Jiaru (56.14)
Xu Yanwei (55.43)
Zhu Yingwen (55.08)
Yang Yu (56.19)
3:42.84 Q
9 1 7  South Korea Sun So-eun (56.86)
Ryu Yoon-ji (55.24)
Shim Min-ji (56.91)
Kim Hyun-joo (55.83)
3:44.84
10 1 2  Italy Cecilia Vianini (56.53)
Cristina Chiuso (56.33)
Sara Parise (57.38)
Federica Pellegrini (54.64)
3:44.88
11 2 2  Belarus Hanna Shcherba (56.10)
Maryia Shcherba (56.78)
Iryna Niafedava (56.46)
Sviatlana Khakhlova (56.04)
3:45.38
2 7  Brazil Rebeca Gusmão (56.56)
Tatiana Lima (56.67)
Renata Burgos (56.32)
Flávia Cazziolato (55.83)
13 1 8  Czech Republic Jana Myšková (56.02)
Petra Klosová (56.49)
Ilona Hlaváčková (56.42)
Sandra Kazíková (54.64)
3:46.83
14 1 1  Spain Tatiana Rouba (56.41)
Ana Belén Palomo (56.64)
Laura Roca (56.83)
Melissa Caballero (57.59)
3:47.47
15 2 8  Switzerland Dominique Diezi (56.78)
Marjorie Sagne (57.17)
Seraina Prünte (58.16)
Nicole Zahnd (56.50)
3:48.61
16 2 1  Greece Nery Mantey Niangkouara (55.79)
Zoi Dimoschaki (56.09)
Martha Matsa
Eleni Kosti
DSQ

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Nation Swimmers Time Time behind Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 4  Australia Alice Mills (54.75)
Lisbeth Lenton (53.57)
Petria Thomas (54.67)
Jodie Henry (52.95)
3:35.94 WR
2nd, silver medalist(s) 5  United States Kara Lynn Joyce (54.74)
Natalie Coughlin (53.83)
Amanda Weir (54.05)
Jenny Thompson (53.77)
3:36.39 0.45 AM
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3  Netherlands Chantal Groot (55.45)
Inge Dekker (54.66)
Marleen Veldhuis (54.11)
Inge de Bruijn (53.37)
3:37.59 1.65
4 6  Germany Antje Buschschulte (54.67)
Petra Dallmann (54.79)
Daniela Götz (53.99)
Franziska van Almsick (54.49)
3:37.94 2.00
5 1  France Solenne Figuès (55.36)
Céline Couderc (55.20)
Aurore Mongel (55.72)
Malia Metella (53.95)
3:40.23 4.29
6 7  Great Britain Melanie Marshall (55.42)
Kathryn Evans (54.33)
Karen Pickering (55.58)
Lisa Chapman (55.49)
3:40.82 4.88
7 2  Sweden Josefin Lillhage (55.77)
Johanna Sjöberg (55.90)
Therese Alshammar (54.18)
Anna-Karin Kammerling (55.37)
3:41.22 5.28
8 8  China Cheng Jiaru (56.20)
Xu Yanwei (55.19)
Yang Yu (56.08)
Zhu Yingwen (55.43)
3:42.90 6.96

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming schedule". BBC Sport. 5 August 2004. Retrieved 17 June 2007. 
  2. ^ a b Thomas, Stephen (14 August 2004). "World Record! Women's 400 Freestyle Relay – Australia Passes U.S. on Final Leg". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Woodward, Steve (14 August 2004). "Thompson, U.S. victimized by amazing Aussies". ESPN. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Dodd, Mike (14 August 2004). "This time, Thompson couldn't save the day". USA Today. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Australia take record win". BBC Sport. 14 August 2004. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 

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