World record progression 4 × 200 metres freestyle relay

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This article includes the world record progression for the 4×200 metres freestyle relay, and it shows the chronological history of world record times in that competitive swimming event. The 4×200 metres freestyle relay is a relay event in which each of four swimmers on a team swims a 200-metre freestyle leg in sequence. The world records are recognized by and maintained by FINA ("Fédération Internationale de Natation"), the international competitive swimming and aquatics federation that overseas the sport in international competition.

World records in swimming were first recognized by FINA in 1908. The long course (50-metre pool) world records are historically older than the short course (25-metre pool) records. FINA amended its regulations governing the recognition of world records in 1956; specifically, FINA mandated that only record times that were contested in 50-metre (or 55-yard) pools were eligible for recognition after that time.[1] The short-course world records have been separately recognized since 1991.

The men's 4×200-metre event was first contested at 1908 Summer Olympics in London, but the women's 4×200-metre event didn't appear until the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Prior to 1996, the shorter 4×100-metre freestyle relay was the only women's freestyle relay event staged.

Men[edit]

Long course[edit]

# Time Name Nationality Date Meet Location Ref
1 10:55.6  Great Britain 24 Jul 1908 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom
2 10:26.4  United States 12 Jul 1912 Olympic Games Stockholm, Sweden
3 10:14.0  Australasia 12 Jul 1912 Olympic Games Stockholm, Sweden
4 10:11.6  Australasia 15 Jul 1912 Olympic Games Stockholm, Sweden
5 10:04.4  United States 29 Aug 1920 Olympic Games Antwerp, Belgium
6 9:53.4  United States 20 Jul 1924 Olympic Games Paris, France
7 9:49.6  Germany 1927 European Championships Bologna, Italy
8 9:38.8  United States 11 Aug 1928 Olympic Games Amsterdam, Netherlands
9 9:36.2  United States 11 Aug 1928 Olympic Games Amsterdam, Netherlands
10 9:34.0  Hungary 1931 European Championships Paris, France
11 8:58.4
 Japan 9 Aug 1932 Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States
12 8:52.2  Japan 19 Aug 1935 - Tokyo, Japan
13 8:51.5  Japan 11 Aug 1936 Olympic Games Berlin, Germany
14 8:46.0  United States 3 Aug 1948 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom
15 8:45.4  Japan 18 Aug 1949 - Los Angeles, United States
16 8:43.2  United States 24 Feb 1950 - New Haven, United States
17 8:40.6  Japan 2 Apr 1950 - Marília, Brazil
18 8:33.0  France 2 Aug 1951 - Marseille, France
19 8:29.4  United States 16 Feb 1952 - New Haven, United States
20 8:24.5  Soviet Union 4 Nov 1956 - Moscow, Soviet Union
21 8:23.6  Australia 3 Dec 1956 Olympic Games Melbourne, Australia
22 8:21.6  Japan 22 Jul 1959 - Tokyo, Japan
23 8:18.7  Japan 26 Jul 1959 - Osaka, Japan
24 8:17.0  United States 23 Jul 1960 - Toledo, Ohio, United States
25 8:16.6  Australia 6 Aug 1960 - Townsville, Australia
26 8:10.2  United States 1 Sep 1960 Olympic Games Rome, Italy
27 8:09.8  Japan 21 Apr 1963 - Tokyo, Japan
28 8:07.6  United States 10 Aug 1963 - Chicago, United States
29 8:03.7  United States 19 Aug 1963 - Tokyo, Japan
30 8:01.8  United States 28 Sep 1964 - Los Angeles, United States
31 7:52.1  United States 18 Oct 1964 - Tokyo, Japan
32 7:50.8  Australia 24 Jul 1970 British Commonwealth Games Edinburgh, United Kingdom
33 7:48.0  United States 28 Aug 1970 - Tokyo, Japan
34 7:45.8  United States 9 Aug 1971 Pan American Games Cali, Colombia
35 7:43.3  United States 10 Sep 1971 - Minsk, Soviet Union
36 7:35.78  United States 31 Aug 1972 Olympic Games Munich, Germany
37 7:33.22  United States 7 Sep 1973 World Championships Belgrade, Yugoslavia
38 7:30.54  United States 22 Aug 1975 - Kansas City, United States
39 7:30.33 (h)  United States 21 Jul 1976 Olympic Games Montreal, Canada
40 7:23.22  United States 21 Jul 1976 Olympic Games Montreal, Canada
41 7:20.82  United States 24 Aug 1978 World Championships West Berlin, West Germany
42 7:20.40  West Germany 23 Aug 1983 European Championships Rome, Italy
43 7:18.87 (h)
 United States 30 Jul 1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States
44 7:15.69
 United States 30 Jul 1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States
45 7:13.10  West Germany 19 Aug 1987 European Championships Strasbourg, France
46 7:12.51  United States 21 Sep 1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea
47  7:11.95 
 (1:49.55)
Dmitry Lepikov
 (1:46.58)
Vladimir Pyshnenko
 (1:48.99)
Veniamin Tayanovich
 (1:46.83)
Yevgeny Sadovyi
Unified Team 27 Jul 1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain
48 7:11.86  Australia 13 Sep 1998 Commonwealth Games Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
49 7:08.79  Australia 25 Aug 1999 Pan Pacific Championships Sydney, Australia
50 7:07.05
 Australia 19 Aug 2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia
51 7:04.66
 Australia 27 Jul 2001 World Championships Fukuoka, Japan
52 7:03.24
 United States 30 Mar 2007 World Championships Melbourne, Australia
53 6:58.56
 United States 13 Aug 2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China
54 6:58.55
 United States 31 July 2009 World Championships Rome, Italy [2]

Short course[edit]

# Time Name Nationality Date Meet Location Ref
WBT ?
1 7:02.74  Australia 18 Apr 1997 Short Course Worlds Gothenburg, Sweden
2 7:01.60  Australia 1 Sep 1999 - Canberra, Australia
3 7:01.33  United States 17 Mar 2000 Short Course Worlds Athens, Greece
4 6:56.41
 Australia 7 Aug 2001 Australian SC Championships Perth, Western Australia, Australia
5 6:52.66
 Australia 31 Aug 2007 Australian SC Championships Melbourne, Australia
6 6:51.05
 Canada 7 Aug 2009 British Grand Prix Leeds, United Kingdom [3]
7 6:49.04
 Russia 16 Dec 2010 Short Course Worlds Dubai, United Arab Emirates [4]
Legend: # – Record awaiting ratification by FINA; WRWorld record;
Records not set in finals: h – heat; sf – semifinal; r – relay 1st leg; rh – relay heat 1st leg; b – B final; – en route to final mark; tt – time trial

Women[edit]

Long course[edit]

# Time Name Nationality Date Meet Location Ref
WBT ?
1 8:02.27  East Germany 22 Aug 1983 European Championships Rome, Italy [5]
2 7:59.33  East Germany 17 Aug 1986 World Championships Madrid, Spain [5]
3 7:55.47  East Germany 18 Aug 1987 European Championships Strasbourg, France [6]
[7]
4 7:53.42  United States 18 Aug 2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece [6]
5 7:50.82  Germany 3 Aug 2006 European Championships Budapest, Hungary [6]
6 7:50.09  United States 29 Mar 2007 World Championships Melbourne, Australia
7 7:44.31  Australia 14 Aug 2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China
8 7:42.08  China 30 Jul 2009 World Championships Rome, Italy [8]
Legend: # – Record awaiting ratification by FINA; WRWorld record;
Records not set in finals: h – heat; sf – semifinal; r – relay 1st leg; rh – relay heat 1st leg; b – B final; – en route to final mark; tt – time trial

Short course[edit]

# Time Name Nationality Date Meet Location Ref
1 7:58.74  ?  ? 198_?  ? [9]
[10]
2 7:52.45  China 3 December 1993 SC Worlds Palma de Mallorca, Spain [9]
[11]
3 7:51.92
 China 17 April 1997 SC Worlds Gothenburg, Sweden [11]
[12]
[13]
4 7:51.70
 Sweden 1 April 1999 SC Worlds Hong Kong, Hong Kong [13]
[14]
5 7:49.11
 Great Britain 16 March 2000 SC Worlds Athens, Greece [15]
6 7:47.14
 Great Britain 10 August 2001 National 25m Championships Norwich, United Kingdom [16]
[17]
7 7:46.30
 China 3 April 2002 SC Worlds Moscow, Russia [18]
[19]
8 7:38.90
 Netherlands 9 April 2008 SC Worlds Manchester, United Kingdom [20]
9 7:35.94
 China 15 Dec 2010 SC Worlds Dubai, United Arab Emirates [21]
10 7:32.85
 Netherlands 3 Dec 2014 SC Worlds Doha, Qatar [22]
Legend: # – Record awaiting ratification by FINA; WRWorld record;
Records not set in finals: h – heat; sf – semifinal; r – relay 1st leg; rh – relay heat 1st leg; b – B final; – en route to final mark; tt – time trial

References[edit]

  1. ^ Craig Lord, "A Time of Change for World Records," SwimVortex.com (28 May 2013). Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Men's 4x200m Freestyle Relay Results" (PDF). Omega Timing. 2009-07-31. Retrieved 2010-12-01. 
  3. ^ "British Short Course Grand Prix: Annamay Pierse Lowers 200 Breast World Record; Canada Breaks 800 Free Relay Mark". Swimming World Magazine. 2009-08-07. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  4. ^ "Men's 4x200m Freestyle Relay Results" (PDF). Omega Timing. Omega SA. 16 December 2010. Retrieved 16 December 2010. 
  5. ^ a b (lcm-w) World Record, controversy reign on 1st day of meet, by Jim Grove, Orlando Sentinel. Published 1986-08-18, retrieved 2012-03-15.
  6. ^ a b c (lcm-w) Women's 4x200 Free Relay - Finals results from the 2006 European Championships (showing the 1987 time from East Germany; the 2004 time from the USA as the WR; and that 2006 Germany time bettering the 2004 USA time). Published by Omega Timing on 2006-08-03; retrieved 2012-03-15.
  7. ^ (lcm-w) Women's 4x200 Free Relay results from the 2002 European Championships, showing East Germany's 7:55.47 as the World Record. Published by Omega Timing on 2002-07-30; retrieved 2012-03-15
  8. ^ "Women's 4x200m Freestyle Relay Results" (PDF). Omega Timing. 2009-07-30. Retrieved 2010-12-01. 
  9. ^ a b (scm-w) Chinese Swimmers Set 3 Records, wire report published 1993-12-03, retrieved 2012-03-14. (List the USA as swimming the time in 1981.)
  10. ^ (scm-w) list of 25m World Records circa September 1993 (List Germany as swimming the time in 1987.)
  11. ^ a b {scm-w} China News Digest - Monday 21 April 1997. Published 1997-04-21, retrieved 2012-03-14.
  12. ^ (scm-w) Thorpe cashes in, Associated Press report, posted 1999-04-01; retrieved 2012-03-14.
  13. ^ a b (scm-w) 1999 Short Course World Swimming Championships - Day 1, by Nick Thierry, SwimNews; published 1999-04-01; retrieved 2012-03-14.
  14. ^ Women's 4x200 Free Relay start list from the 2000 Short Course Worlds (showing Sweden's 7:51.70 as the World and Championships records); published by Omega Timing (official timer) on 2000-03-16; retrieved 2012-04-14.
  15. ^ (scm-w) Women's 4x200 Free Relay results from the 2000 Short Course Worlds; published by Omega Timing (official timer) on 2000-03-16; retrieved 2012-03-14.
  16. ^ (scm-w) World Record for British Quartet, by Craig Lord. Published 2001-08-10 by Swimming World Magazine; retrieved 2012-03-14.
  17. ^ (scm-w) Women's 4x200 Free Relay start list from the 2002 Short Course Worlds (where it was the record that was broken by China's 7:46.30); published by Omega Timing (official timer) on 2002-04-03, retrieved 2012-03-14.
  18. ^ (scm-w) Womens' 4x200 Free Relay results from the 2002 Short Course Worlds; published by Omega Timing (official timer) on 2002-04-03; retrieved 2012-03-14.
  19. ^ (scm-w) Women's 4x200 Free Relay results from the 2008 Short Course Worlds; published by Omega Timing (official timer) on 2008-04-10; retrieved 2012-03-14
  20. ^ (scm-w) "Dutch women obliterate 800 free relay world record". Swimming World Magazine. 2008-04-09. Retrieved 2010-12-01. 
  21. ^ "2010 FINA World Swimming Championships (25 m) - Women's 4 x 200 metre freestyle relay (final)" (PDF). Omega Timing. Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  22. ^ "12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), Event 110, Women's 4x200 Freestyle Final". Omegatiming.com. 2014-12-03. Retrieved 2014-12-05.