Swimming at the 2016 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 XXXI Olympiad
Venue Olympic Aquatics Stadium
Dates 6 August 2016 (heats & final)
Competitors 71 from 16 nations
Teams 16
Winning time 3:30.65 WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s)  Australia
Brittany Elmslie, Bronte Campbell, Cate Campbell, Emma McKeon, Madison Wilson*
2nd, silver medalist(s)  United States
Katie Ledecky, Simone Manuel, Abbey Weitzeil, Dana Vollmer, Amanda Weir*, Lia Neal*, Allison Schmitt*
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Canada
Chantal Van Landeghem, Sandrine Mainville, Taylor Ruck, Penny Oleksiak, Michelle Williams*
*Indicates the swimmer only competed in the preliminary heats.
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The women's 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay event at the 2016 Summer Olympics took place on 6 August at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.[1]

As expected, the Australian women's team solidified its triumph to set a new world record and defend the Olympic title in one of the program's freestyle relay races with the help of sterling final legs from sisters Bronte and Cate Campbell. Trailing half of the race with a marginal lead from the Americans, Bronte booted the Australians to the front with a third-leg split of 52.15, before her sister Cate (51.97) put on a fastest finish at the anchor leg to deliver the foursome of Emma McKeon (53.41) and Brittany Elmslie (53.12) a gold-medal time in 3:30.65. Moreover, they managed to break their own world record, set at the Commonwealth Games two years earlier, by a third of a second (3:30.98).[2][3]

The U.S. team of Simone Manuel (53.36) and Abbey Weitzeil (52.56) handed Dana Vollmer the third-leg duties to maintain their lead, but Vollmer's split of 53.18 was just almost a second behind Bronte Campbell that pushed Australia to the front. As Katie Ledecky dove into the pool at the final exchange with a split of 52.79, she could not catch Cate Campbell near the wall to leave the Americans with a silver medal in 3:31.89.[4] Meanwhile, Sandrine Mainville (53.86), Chantal Van Landeghem (53.12), Taylor Ruck (53.19), and Penny Oleksiak (52.72) ended Canada's 20-year medal drought for the female swimmers by taking home the bronze in 3:32.89.[5][6]

The Dutch quartet of Marrit Steenbergen (54.29), Femke Heemskerk (53.47), Inge Dekker (53.85), and three-time gold medalist Ranomi Kromowidjojo (52.20) fell short of the medal podium with a fourth-place time in 3:33.81, while Sweden (3:35.90), Italy (3:36.78), France (3:37.45), and Japan (3:37.78) also vied for an Olympic medal.[6]

Earlier in the prelims, the Australian team of Elmslie (53.22), Campbell sisters Bronte (53.26) and Cate (51.80), and Madison Wilson (54.11) grabbed the top seed with a 3:32.39 to overturn their own existing Olympic record by 86-hundredths of a second.[7]

The medals were presented by John Dowling Coates, Australia Vice President of the IOC and Dennis Miller, Vice President of FINA.

Records[edit]

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

World record  Australia (AUS)
Bronte Campbell (53.15)
Melanie Schlanger (52.76)
Emma McKeon (52.91)
Cate Campbell (52.16)
3:30.98 Glasgow, Scotland 24 July 2014
Olympic record  Australia (AUS)
Alicia Coutts (53.90)
Cate Campbell (53.19)
Brittany Elmslie (53.41)
Melanie Schlanger (52.65)
3:33.15 London, England 28 July 2012

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nation Time Record
6 August Heat 2 Madison Wilson (54.11)
Brittany Elmslie (53.22)
Bronte Campbell (53.26)
Cate Campbell (51.80)
 Australia 3:32.39 OR
6 August Final Emma McKeon (53.41)
Brittany Elmslie (53.12)
Bronte Campbell (52.15)
Cate Campbell (51.97)
 Australia 3:30.65 WR, OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

A total of sixteen countries have qualified to participate. The best eight from two heats advanced to the final.

Rank Heat Lane Nation Swimmers Time Notes
1 2 4  Australia Madison Wilson (54.11)
Brittany Elmslie (53.22)
Bronte Campbell (53.26)
Cate Campbell (51.80)
3:32.39 Q, OR
2 2 5  United States Amanda Weir (53.60)
Lia Neal (53.63)
Allison Schmitt (53.72)
Katie Ledecky (52.64)
3:33.59 Q
3 2 3  Canada Sandrine Mainville (54.17)
Chantal Van Landeghem (52.90)
Michelle Williams (53.73)
Taylor Ruck (53.04)
3:33.84 Q, NR
4 1 3  Italy Erika Ferraioli (54.91)
Silvia di Pietro (53.96)
Aglaia Pezzato (53.86)
Federica Pellegrini (53.17)
3:35.90 Q NR
5 1 4  Netherlands Inge Dekker (54.75)
Marrit Steenbergen (53.31)
Maud van der Meer (53.88)
Femke Heemskerk (54.00)
3:35.94 Q
6 1 5  Sweden Michelle Coleman (54.39)
Louise Hansson (54.69)
Ida Lindborg (54.77)
Sarah Sjöström (52.57)
3:36.42 Q
7 1 2  Japan Miki Uchida (53.93)
Rikako Ikee (53.41)
Misaki Yamaguchi (54.87)
Yayoi Matsumoto (54.53)
3:36.74 Q, NR
8 2 2  France Béryl Gastaldello (54.94)
Charlotte Bonnet (53.16)
Mathilde Cini (54.64)
Anna Santamans (54.11)
3:36.85 Q, NR
9 1 6  China Zhu Menghui (54.06)
Sun Meichen (54.79)
Tang Yi (54.56)
Shen Duo (53.84)
3:37.25
10 2 7  Russia Veronika Popova (54.35)
Viktoriya Andreeva (54.45)
Rozaliya Nasretdinova (54.32)
Nataliya Lovtsova (54.56)
3:37.68 NR
11 2 6  Brazil Larissa Oliveira (55.54)
Etiene Medeiros (53.99)
Daynara de Paula (54.81)
Manuella Lyrio (55.06)
3:39.40
12 1 7  Denmark Pernille Blume (54.54)
Julie Kepp Jensen (54.79)
Sarah Bro (55.75)
Mie Nielsen (54.37)
3:39.45
13 2 1  Spain Fatima Gallardo (55.84)
Marta González (54.98)
Patricia Castro (55.08)
Melania Costa Schmid (54.56)
3:40.46 NR
14 2 8  Switzerland Maria Ugolkova (54.75 NR)
Alexandra Touretski (55.28)
Danielle Villars (55.37)
Noemi Girardet (55.62)
3:41.02 NR
15 1 1  Poland Katarzyna Wilk (55.34)
Alicja Tchórz (55.01)
Aleksandra Urbańczyk (55.78)
Anna Dowgiert (55.30)
3:41.43
16 1 8  Israel Keren Siebner (55.60)
Zohar Shikler (55.29)
Amit Ivry (55.71)
Andrea Murez (55.37)
3:41.97

Final[edit]

The relay teams prepare for the final.
Rank Lane Nation Swimmers Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 4  Australia Emma McKeon (53.41)
Brittany Elmslie (53.12)
Bronte Campbell (52.15)
Cate Campbell (51.97)
3:30.65 WR
2nd, silver medalist(s) 5  United States Simone Manuel (53.36)
Abbey Weitzeil (52.56)
Dana Vollmer (53.18)
Katie Ledecky (52.79)
3:31.89 AM
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3  Canada Sandrine Mainville (53.86)
Chantal Van Landeghem (53.12)
Taylor Ruck (53.19)
Penny Oleksiak (52.72)
3:32.89 NR
4 2  Netherlands Marrit Steenbergen (54.29)
Femke Heemskerk (53.47)
Inge Dekker (53.85)
Ranomi Kromowidjojo (52.20)
3:33.81
5 7  Sweden Michelle Coleman (54.19)
Sarah Sjöström (52.47)
Ida Marko-Varga (54.70)
Louise Hansson (54.54)
3:35.90
6 6  Italy Erika Ferraioli (55.21)
Silvia di Pietro (53.69)
Aglaia Pezzato (53.99)
Federica Pellegrini (53.89)
3:36.78
7 8  France Béryl Gastaldello (54.83)
Charlotte Bonnet (53.17)
Mathilde Cini (54.92)
Anna Santamans (54.53)
3:37.45
8 1  Japan Miki Uchida (54.23)
Rikako Ikee (53.98)
Misaki Yamaguchi (55.11)
Yayoi Matsumoto (54.46)
3:37.78

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