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Swimming at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's 4 × 100 metre medley relay

The women's 4 × 100 metre medley relay event at the 2016 Summer Olympics took place on 12–13 August at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.[1]

Women's 4 × 100 metre medley relay
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
VenueOlympic Aquatics Stadium
Dates12 August 2016 (heats)
13 August 2016 (final)
Competitors76 from 16 nations
Teams16
Winning time3:53.13
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s)  United States
Kathleen Baker, Lilly King, Dana Vollmer, Simone Manuel, Olivia Smoliga*, Katie Meili*, Kelsi Worrell*, Abbey Weitzeil*
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Australia
Emily Seebohm, Taylor McKeown, Emma McKeon, Cate Campbell, Madison Wilson*, Madeline Groves*, Brittany Elmslie*
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Denmark
Mie Nielsen, Rikke Møller Pedersen, Jeanette Ottesen, Pernille Blume
*Indicates the swimmer only competed in the preliminary heats.
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The U.S. women's team outlasted the rest of the field to solidify its Olympic title defense in the medley relay final with the help of a freestyle anchor leg from Simone Manuel. Leading from the start, the foursome of Kathleen Baker (59.00), Lilly King (1:05.70), Dana Vollmer (56.00), and Manuel (52.43) put together a perfect ending with a final time of 3:53.13 to give the Americans their tenth gold medal in this event, and their thousandth overall in Summer Olympic history.[2][3][4]

Australia's Emily Seebohm (58.83), Taylor McKeown (1:07.05), and Emma McKeon (56.95) struggled to hold on their momentum throughout the race, until Cate Campbell jumped into the pool at the final exchange. Then, Campbell produced a freestyle anchor split of 52.17 to deliver the Australian relay team a silver medal in 3:55.00.[5][6] After winning the 50 m freestyle title an hour earlier, anchor Pernille Blume (53.21) helped her fellow Danish swimmers Mie Nielsen (58.75), Rikke Møller Pedersen (1:06.62), and Jeanette Ottesen (56.43) shatter the European record for the bronze in 3:55.01, a hundredth of a second behind Australia.[7][8]

China's Fu Yuanhui (59.53), Shi Jinglin (1:06.00), Lu Ying (56.49), and Zhu Menghui (53.16) slipped off the podium to fourth in 3:55.18, while the Canadian combination of Kylie Masse (58.77), Rachel Nicol (1:06.81), Penny Oleksiak (56.75), and Chantal van Landeghem (53.16) established a national record of 3:55.49 to take the fifth spot.[9] Russia's Anastasia Fesikova (59.49), Yuliya Yefimova (1:04.98), Svetlana Chimrova (57.54), and Veronika Popova (53.65) finished sixth with a 3:55.66, holding off the British quartet of Georgia Davies (59.43), Chloe Tutton (1:06.43), Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (57.47), and Francesca Halsall (53.63) by 1.3 seconds, a seventh-place time in 3:56.96.[10] Meanwhile, Italy (3:59.50), anchored by freestyle swimmer and four-time Olympian Federica Pellegrini, rounded out the championship field.[8]

RecordsEdit

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

World record   United States (USA)
Missy Franklin (58.50)
Rebecca Soni (1:04.82)
Dana Vollmer (55.48)
Allison Schmitt (53.25)
3:52.05 London, United Kingdom 4 August 2012
Olympic record   United States (USA)
Missy Franklin (58.50)
Rebecca Soni (1:04.82)
Dana Vollmer (55.48)
Allison Schmitt (53.25)
3:52.05 London, United Kingdom 4 August 2012

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

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 5   United States Olivia Smoliga (59.57)
Katie Meili (1:04.93)
Kelsi Worrell (56.47)
Abbey Weitzeil (53.70)
3:54.67 Q
2 1 3   Canada Kylie Masse (58.66) NR
Rachel Nicol (1:06.97)
Noemie Thomas (57.66)
Taylor Ruck (53.51)
3:56.80 Q, NR
3 1 5   Denmark Mie Nielsen (59.48)
Rikke Møller Pedersen (1:06.88)
Jeanette Ottesen (57.38)
Pernille Blume (53.24)
3:56.98 Q
4 1 2   Russia Anastasia Fesikova (1:00.16)
Yulia Efimova (1:05.78)
Svetlana Chimrova (57.65)
Veronika Popova (53.85)
3:57.44 Q
5 2 3   Australia Madison Wilson (59.38)
Taylor McKeown (1:07.48)
Madeline Groves (57.87)
Brittany Elmslie (53.07)
3:57.80 Q
6 2 4   China Fu Yuanhui (59.20)
Zhang Xinyu (1:07.86)
Lu Ying (57.45)
Shen Duo (53.72)
3:58.23 Q
7 2 2   Italy Carlotta Zofkova (1:01.42)
Arianna Castiglioni (1:06.33)
Ilaria Bianchi (57.76)
Federica Pellegrini (53.58)
3:59.09 Q
8 2 6   Great Britain Georgia Davies (59.35)
Chloe Tutton (1:07.25)
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (57.61)
Georgia Coates (55.13)
3:59.34 Q
9 1 4   Sweden Michelle Coleman (1:01.13)
Jennie Johansson (1:06.62)
Sarah Sjöström (56.70)
Louise Hansson (55.00)
3:59.45
10 1 6   Japan Natsumi Sakai (1:01.57)
Satomi Suzuki (1:07.40)
Rikako Ikee (56.73)
Miki Uchida (54.12)
3:59.82
11 1 7   Finland Mimosa Jallow (1:01.03)
Jenna Laukkanen (1:06.49)
Emilia Pikkarainen (59.02)
Hanna-Maria Seppälä (55.07)
4:01.61
12 2 7   Germany Jenny Mensing (1:01.27)
Vanessa Grimberg (1:07.99)
Alexandra Wenk (58.55)
Annika Bruhn (54.38)
4:02.19
13 1 1   Brazil Natalia de Luccas (1:01.93)
Jhennifer da Conceição (1:08.23)
Daynara de Paula (58.18)
Larissa Oliveira (54.49)
4:02.83
14 1 8   Hong Kong Stephanie Au (1:01.55)
Yvette Kong (1:08.39)
Sze Hang Yu (59.54)
Camille Cheng (54.37)
4:03.85
2 1   France Béryl Gastaldello (1:00.60)
Fanny Deberghes (1:08.83)
Marie Wattel
Charlotte Bonnet
DSQ
2 8   Czech Republic Simona Baumrtová (1:01.27)
Martina Moravčíková
Lucie Svěcená
Barbora Seemanová
DSQ

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Nation Swimmers Time Notes
  4   United States Kathleen Baker (59.00)
Lilly King (1:05.70)
Dana Vollmer (56.00)
Simone Manuel (52.43)
3:53.13
  2   Australia Emily Seebohm (58.83)
Taylor McKeown (1:07.05)
Emma McKeon (56.95)
Cate Campbell (52.17)
3:55.00
  3   Denmark Mie Nielsen (58.75)
Rikke Møller Pedersen (1:06.62)
Jeanette Ottesen (56.43)
Pernille Blume (53.21)
3:55.01 EU
4 7   China Fu Yuanhui (59.53)
Shi Jinglin (1:06.00)
Lu Ying (56.49)
Zhu Menghui (53.16)
3:55.18
5 5   Canada Kylie Masse (58.77)
Rachel Nicol (1:06.81)
Penny Oleksiak (56.75)
Chantal van Landeghem (53.16)
3:55.49 NR
6 6   Russia Anastasia Fesikova (59.49)
Yulia Efimova (1:04.98)
Svetlana Chimrova (57.54)
Veronika Popova (53.65)
3:55.66 NR
7 8   Great Britain Georgia Davies (59.43)
Chloe Tutton (1:06.43)
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (57.47)
Francesca Halsall (53.63)
3:56.96 NR
8 1   Italy Carlotta Zofkova (1:01.29)
Arianna Castiglioni (1:06.65)
Ilaria Bianchi (58.21)
Federica Pellegrini (53.35)
3:59.50

ReferencesEdit

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