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Swimming at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's 4 × 100 metre medley relay

The women's 4 × 100 metre medley relay event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 3–4 August at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

Women's 4 × 100 metre medley relay
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
VenueLondon Aquatics Centre
DatesAugust 3, 2012 (heats)
August 4, 2012 (final)
Competitors84 from 16 nations
Winning time3:52.05 WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s)  United States (USA)
Missy Franklin, Rebecca Soni, Dana Vollmer, Allison Schmitt, Rachel Bootsma*, Breeja Larson*, Claire Donahue*, Jessica Hardy*
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Australia (AUS)
Emily Seebohm, Leisel Jones, Alicia Coutts, Melanie Schlanger, Brittany Elmslie*
3rd, bronze medalist(s)

 Japan (JPN)
Aya Terakawa, Satomi Suzuki, Yuka Kato, Haruka Ueda


*Indicates the swimmer only competed in the preliminary heats.
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The U.S. women's team solidified their triumph to demolish a new world record and to recapture their Olympic title after twelve years. Leading from the start, the fearsome foursome of Missy Franklin (58.50), Rebecca Soni (1:04.82), Dana Vollmer (55.48), and Allison Schmitt (53.25) put together a perfect ending with a stunning gold-medal time in 3:52.05 to shave off China's global standard by 14-hundredths of a second from the 2009 World Championships at the peak of the high-tech bodysuit era.[2][3][4]

Australia's Emily Seebohm (59.01), Leisel Jones (1:06.06), Alicia Coutts (56.41), and Melanie Schlanger (52.54) trailed behind their formidable rivals by a couple of seconds, but managed to take home a magnificent silver in 3:54.02.[5] Pulling off a second-place finish, Jones also matched Ian Thorpe for the most medals by an Australian swimmer in her fourth straight Olympics with a remarkable overall tally of nine (three golds, five silver, and one bronze).[6][7]

Japan's Aya Terakawa (58.99), Satomi Suzuki (1:05.96), Yuka Kato (57.36), and Haruka Ueda (53.42) ended on a spectacular fashion with a bronze medal in 3:55.73, holding off the robust Russian quartet of Anastasia Zuyeva (59.13), Yuliya Yefimova (1:04.98), Irina Bespalova (58.59), and Veronika Popova (53.33) by exactly three-tenths of a second (0.30), a fourth-place time in 3:56.03.[8][9]

Outside the podium, China's Zhao Jing (59.86), Ji Liping (1:06.94), Lu Ying (56.80), and Tang Yi (52.81) could not produce a similar stellar performance in the medley relay with a fifth-place finish in 3:56.41, while the Dutch foursome of Sharon van Rouwendaal (1:00.72), Moniek Nijhuis (1:06.74), Inge Dekker (56.91), and star Ranomi Kromowidjojo (52.91), who captured another sprint freestyle title an hour earlier, claimed a distant sixth spot in 3:57.28.[9] Denmark (3:57.76) and Great Britain (3:59.46) rounded out the championship finale.[9][10]

Contents

RecordsEdit

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

World record   China (CHN)
Zhao Jing (58.98)
Chen Huijia (1:04.12)
Jiao Liuyang (56.28)
Li Zhesi (52.81)
3:52.19 Rome, Italy 1 August 2009
Olympic record   Australia (AUS)
Emily Seebohm (59.33)
Leisel Jones (1:04.58)
Jessicah Schipper (56.25)
Lisbeth Trickett (52.53)
3:52.69 Beijing, China 17 August 2008

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Swimmers Nation Time Record
August 4 Final Missy Franklin (58.50)
Rebecca Soni (1:04.82)
Dana Vollmer (55.48)
Allison Schmitt (53.25)
  United States 3:52.05 WR, OR

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

[14]

Rank Heat Lane Nation Swimmers Time Notes
1 2 5   Australia Emily Seebohm (58.57)
Leisel Jones (1:05.96)
Alicia Coutts (57.45)
Brittany Elmslie (53.44)
3:55.42 Q
2 2 3   Japan Aya Terakawa (59.19)
Satomi Suzuki (1:07.15)
Yuka Kato (57.73)
Haruka Ueda (53.80)
3:57.87 Q
3 2 2   Denmark Mie Nielsen (1:00.27)
Rikke Pedersen (1:07.15)
Jeanette Ottesen (56.74)
Pernille Blume (54.19)
3:58.35 Q, NR
4 2 4   United States Rachel Bootsma (59.70)
Breeja Larson (1:06.66)
Claire Donahue (58.05)
Jessica Hardy (54.47)
3:58.88 Q
5 1 7   Netherlands Sharon van Rouwendaal (1:00.98)
Moniek Nijhuis (1:06.98)
Inge Dekker (57.43)
Femke Heemskerk (53.80)
3:59.19 Q
6 2 6   Great Britain Gemma Spofforth (1:00.02)
Siobhan-Marie O'Connor (1:08.10)
Jemma Lowe (57.56)
Amy Smith (53.69)
3:59.37 Q
7 1 4   China Gao Chang (1:00.41)
Sun Ye (1:08.01)
Jiao Liuyang (57.56)
Tang Yi (53.40)
3:59.38 Q
8 1 5   Russia Maria Gromova (1:01.53)
Yuliya Yefimova (1:05.84)
Irina Bespalova (58.33)
Veronika Popova (53.87)
3:59.57 Q
9 1 3   Germany Jenny Mensing (1:01.02)
Sarah Poewe (1:07.19)
Alexandra Wenk (58.85)
Britta Steffen (52.89)
3:59.95
10 2 7   Sweden Sarah Sjöström (1:01.38)
Jennie Johansson (1:06.94)
Martina Granström (58.46)
Michelle Coleman (53.98)
4:00.76
11 1 2   Italy Arianna Barbieri (1:00.80)
Michela Guzzetti (1:08.62)
Ilaria Bianchi (57.59)
Federica Pellegrini (55.19)
4:02.20
12 1 6   Canada Julia Wilkinson (1:00.49)
Tera van Beilen (1:08.12)
Katerine Savard (59.00)
Samantha Cheverton (55.10)
4:02.71
13 2 1   Spain Duane da Rocha (1:00.43)
Marina García Urzainqui (1:08.35)
Judit Ignacio Sorribes (59.07)
Melania Costa Schmid (55.20)
4:03.05 NR
14 1 1   France Laure Manaudou (1:01.09)
Fanny Babou (1:09.14)
Justine Bruno (1:00.17)
Charlotte Bonnet (55.13)
4:05.53
15 2 8   Iceland Eygló Ósk Gústafsdóttir (1:01.74)
Hrafnhildur Lúthersdóttir (1:09.19)
Sarah Blake Bateman (1:00.04)
Eva Hannesdóttir (56.12)
4:07.09
1 8   Hungary Evelyn Verrasztó (1:03.39)
Anna Sztankovics (1:17.43)
Zsuzsanna Jakabos
Eszter Dara
DSQ

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Nation Swimmers Time Time Behind Notes
  6   United States Missy Franklin (58.50)
Rebecca Soni (1:04.82)
Dana Vollmer (55.48)
Allison Schmitt (53.25)
3:52.05 WR
  4   Australia Emily Seebohm (59.01)
Leisel Jones (1:06.06)
Alicia Coutts (56.41)
Melanie Schlanger (52.54)
3:54.02 1.97
  5   Japan Aya Terakawa (58.99)
Satomi Suzuki (1:05.96)
Yuka Kato (57.36)
Haruka Ueda (53.42)
3:55.73 3.68 NR
4 8   Russia Anastasia Zuyeva (59.13)
Yuliya Yefimova (1:04.98)
Irina Bespalova (58.59)
Veronika Popova (53.33)
3:56.03 3.98 NR
5 1   China Zhao Jing (59.86)
Ji Liping (1:06.94)
Lu Ying (56.80)
Tang Yi (52.81)
3:56.41 4.36
6 2   Netherlands Sharon van Rouwendaal (1:00.72)
Moniek Nijhuis (1:06.74)
Inge Dekker (56.91)
Ranomi Kromowidjojo (52.91)
3:57.28 5.23 NR
7 3   Denmark Mie Nielsen (59.76)
Rikke Pedersen (1:06.77)
Jeanette Ottesen (56.83)
Pernille Blume (54.40)
3:57.76 5.71 NR
8 7   Great Britain Gemma Spofforth (59.46)
Siobhan-Marie O'Connor (1:08.45)
Ellen Gandy (57.47)
Francesca Halsall (54.08)
3:59.46 7.41

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