Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metre freestyle
|Women's 400 metre freestyle|
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
|Venue||Athens Olympic Aquatic Centre|
|Date||August 15, 2004 (heats & final)|
|Competitors||38 from 31 nations|
|Winning time||4:05.34 EU|
France's Laure Manaudou won the gold medal in this event, with a European record time of 4:05.34. The silver medal was awarded to Poland's Otylia Jędrzejczak, who finished behind Manaudou by half a second (0.50), in an outstanding time of 4:05.84. U.S. swimmer Kaitlin Sandeno, who earned a silver in the 400 m individual medley on the previous day, fought off a challenge from Romania's Camelia Potec in the final lap to take a bronze by two tenths of a second (0.20), clocking at 4:06.19.
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Janet Evans (USA)||4:03.85||Seoul, South Korea||22 September 1988|
|Olympic record||Janet Evans (USA)||4:03.85||Seoul, South Korea||22 September 1988|
|7||Kaitlin Sandeno||United States||4:06.19|
|8||2||Rebecca Cooke||Great Britain||4:11.35|
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