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Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's 4 × 200 metre freestyle relay

The women's 4 × 200 metre freestyle relay event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 13–14 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China.[1]

Women's 4×200 metre freestyle relay
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
VenueBeijing National Aquatics Center
DateAugust 13, 2008 (heats)
August 14, 2008 (final)
Competitors75 from 16 nations
Winning time7:44.31 WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s)  Australia (AUS)
Stephanie Rice, Bronte Barratt, Kylie Palmer, Linda Mackenzie, Felicity Galvez*, Angie Bainbridge*, Melanie Schlanger*, Lara Davenport*
2nd, silver medalist(s)  China (CHN)
Yang Yu, Zhu Qianwei, Tan Miao, Pang Jiaying, Tang Jingzhi*
3rd, bronze medalist(s)

 United States (USA)
Allison Schmitt, Natalie Coughlin, Caroline Burckle, Katie Hoff, Christine Marshall*, Kim Vandenberg*, Julia Smit*


*Indicates the swimmer only competed in the preliminary heats.
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For the first time since the event's inception in 1996, the Aussies smashed a new world record to overhaul the undefeated Americans for an Olympic title with a benefit of a sterling opening leg from Stephanie Rice. Starting the program's longest relay race with a remarkable Oceanian-record split of 1:56.60, Rice and her teammates Bronte Barratt (1:56.58), Kylie Palmer (1:55.22), and Linda Mackenzie (1:55.91) registered a gold-medal time of 7:44.31 to shave nearly six seconds off the previous world record set by their greatest rivals in 2007.[2][3]

China's Pang Jiaying expanded her stretch over U.S. swimmer Katie Hoff with an anchor of 1:54.39 to deliver the foursome of Yang Yu (1:56.79), Zhu Qianwei (1:56.64), and Tan Miao (1:58.11) a superb Asian record time of 7:45.93, and a silver medal for the host nation.[4][5] After a disappointing Olympic campaign, the U.S. team of Allison Schmitt (1:57.71), Natalie Coughlin (1:57.19), Caroline Burckle (1:56.70), and Hoff (1:54.73) finally found the best form on the blazing anchor leg to end the race for the bronze in 7:46.33, finishing nearly four seconds under the old world record.[6][7][8]

Italy's Renata Spagnolo (1:58.31), Alessia Filippi (1:56.68), Flavia Zoccari (1:59.80), and Federica Pellegrini (1:54.97) missed out the podium by over three seconds with a fourth-place time and a European record of 7:49.76. Meanwhile, the French quartet of Coralie Balmy (1:56.57), Ophélie-Cyrielle Étienne (1:57.95), Aurore Mongel (1:58.62), and Camille Muffat (1:57.52) occupied the fifth spot in 7:50.66. Earlier in the prelims, Muffat (1:57.32), Balmy (1:55.86), Céline Couderc (1:58.92), and Alena Popchanka (1:58.27), previously competed for Belarus in three Games, established a new Olympic record of 7:50.37 to close the session with a final top seed.[9] Hungary (7:55.53), Japan (7:57.56), and Sweden (7:59.83) rounded out the field. For the first time in Olympic history, all eight teams finished the race under eight minutes due to the presence of technology suits.[8]

RecordsEdit

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

World record   United States (USA)
Natalie Coughlin (1:56.43)
Dana Vollmer (1:57.49)
Lacey Nymeyer (1:59.19)
Katie Hoff (1:56.98)
7:50.09 Melbourne, Australia 29 March 2007
Olympic record   United States (USA)
Natalie Coughlin (1:57.74)
Carly Piper (1:59.39)
Dana Vollmer (1:58.12)
Kaitlin Sandeno (1:58.17)
7:53.42 Athens, Greece 18 August 2004

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 13 Heat 1 Alena Popchanka (1:58.27)
Céline Couderc (1:58.92)
Camille Muffat (1:57.32)
Coralie Balmy (1:55.86)
  France 7:50.37 OR
August 14 Final Stephanie Rice (1:56.60) OC
Bronte Barratt (1:56.58)
Kylie Palmer (1:55.22)
Linda Mackenzie (1:55.91)
  Australia 7:44.31 WR, OR

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Rank Heat Lane Nationality Names Time Notes
1 1 4   France Alena Popchanka (1:58.27)
Céline Couderc (1:58.92)
Camille Muffat (1:57.32)
Coralie Balmy (1:55.86)
7:50.37 Q, OR
2 2 4   United States Caroline Burckle (1:57.86)
Christine Marshall (1:58.58)
Kim Vandenberg (1:58.31)
Julia Smit (1:57.68)
7:52.43 Q
3 2 3   Italy Renata Spagnolo (1:58.91)
Flavia Zoccari (1:58.88)
Alice Carpanese (1:59.50)
Federica Pellegrini (1:56.09)
7:53.38 Q
4 1 2   China Yang Yu (1:57.49)
Tan Miao (1:58.84)
Tang Jingzhi (2:00.20)
Zhu Qianwei (1:57.24)
7:53.77 Q, AS
5 1 6   Sweden Gabriella Fagundez (1:58.43)
Ida Marko-Varga (1:58.40)
Petra Granlund (1:59.67)
Josefin Lillhage (1:57.33)
7:53.83 Q, NR
6 2 6   Australia Felicity Galvez (1:58.00)
Angie Bainbridge (1:58.17)
Melanie Schlanger (2:00.99)
Lara Davenport (1:57.94)
7:55.10 Q
7 2 7   Hungary Ágnes Mutina (1:59.42)
Evelyn Verrasztó (1:56.92)
Eszter Dara (2:00.45)
Zsuzsanna Jakabos (1:58.47)
7:55.26 Q
8 2 2   Japan Haruka Ueda (1:58.09)
Misaki Yamaguchi (1:57.93)
Emi Takanabe (2:01.28)
Maki Mita (1:58.33)
7:55.63 Q
9 2 5   Great Britain Joanne Jackson (1:57.70)
Melanie Marshall (1:58.44)
Hannah Miley (1:59.95)
Francesca Halsall (2:00.07)
7:56.16
10 1 1   Canada Stephanie Horner (1:58.00)
Geneviève Saumur (1:59.23)
Erica Morningstar (2:00.91)
Julia Wilkinson (1:58.12)
7:56.26
11 1 3   Netherlands Femke Heemskerk (1:58.29)
Ranomi Kromowidjojo (1:58.29)
Saskia de Jonge (2:00.71)
Manon van Rooijen (1:59.31)
7:56.60
12 1 5   Germany Meike Freitag (1:58.09)
Petra Dallmann (1:59.55)
Daniela Samulski (2:01.67)
Annika Lurz (1:58.80)
7:58.11
13 2 1   Denmark Julie Hjorth-Hansen (1:59.16)
Micha Kathrine Østergaard Jensen (2:01.67)
Louise Mai Jansen (2:00.31)
Lotte Friis (1:59.67)
8:00.81
14 1 7   Spain Melania Costa (2:00.92)
María Fuster (2:00.00)
Noemi Féliz García (1:59.77)
Arantxa Ramos (2:00.21)
8:00.90
15 1 8   Poland Paulina Barzycka (2:00.99)
Katarzyna Wilk (2:02.78)
Karolina Szczepaniak (2:01.94)
Katarzyna Baranowska (2:01.69)
8:07.40
2 8   New Zealand Helen Norfolk (2:00.24)
Lauren Boyle (1:58.01)
Hayley Palmer (1:59.92)
Natasha Hind
DSQ

FinalEdit

 
Stephanie Rice of Australia
Rank Lane Nationality Name Time Time behind Notes
  7   Australia Stephanie Rice (1:56.60) OC
Bronte Barratt (1:56.58)
Kylie Palmer (1:55.22)
Linda Mackenzie (1:55.91)
7:44.31 WR
  6   China Yang Yu (1:56.79)
Zhu Qianwei (1:56.64)
Tan Miao (1:58.11)
Pang Jiaying (1:54.39)
7:45.93 1.62 AS
  5   United States Allison Schmitt (1:57.71)
Natalie Coughlin (1:57.19)
Caroline Burckle (1:56.70)
Katie Hoff (1:54.73)
7:46.33 2.02 AM
4 3   Italy Renata Spagnolo (1:58.31)
Alessia Filippi (1:56.68)
Flavia Zoccari (1:59.80)
Federica Pellegrini (1:54.97)
7:49.76 5.45 EU
5 4   France Coralie Balmy (1:56.57)
Ophélie-Cyrielle Étienne (1:57.95)
Aurore Mongel (1:58.62)
Camille Muffat (1:57.52)
7:50.66 6.35
6 1   Hungary Ágnes Mutina (1:58.17)
Evelyn Verrasztó (1:57.80)
Eszter Dara (2:00.39)
Zsuzsanna Jakabos (1:59.17)
7:55.53 11.22
7 8   Japan Haruka Ueda (1:58.44)
Misaki Yamaguchi (1:58.51)
Maki Mita (1:58.78)
Emi Takanabe (2:01.83)
7:57.56 13.25
8 2   Sweden Josefin Lillhage (2:00.48)
Gabriella Fagundez (2:00.09)
Ida Marko-Varga (1:58.58)
Petra Granlund (2:00.68)
7:59.83 15.52

ReferencesEdit

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