World record progression 4 × 200 metres freestyle relay

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 oversees 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.

MenEdit

Long courseEdit

# 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, Socialist Federal Republic of 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 Sep 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 courseEdit

# Time Name Nationality Date Meet Location Ref
1 7:02.74   Australia 18 Apr 1997 Short Course Worlds Gothenburg, Sweden
2 7:01.60   Australia 1 Sep 1999 Australian SC Championships Time Trial 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]
8 6:46.81   Brazil 14 December 2018 World Championships Hangzhou, China [5]
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

WomenEdit

Long courseEdit

# Time Name Nationality Date Meet Location Ref
1 8:02.27   East Germany 22 Aug 1983 European Championships Rome, Italy [6]
2 7:59.33   East Germany 17 Aug 1986 World Championships Madrid, Spain [6]
3 7:55.47   East Germany 18 Aug 1987 European Championships Strasbourg, France [7]
[8]
4 7:53.42   United States 18 Aug 2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece [7]
5 7:50.82   Germany 3 Aug 2006 European Championships Budapest, Hungary [7]
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 [9]
9 7:41.50
  Australia 25 July 2019 World Championships Gwangju, South Korea [10]
10 7:40.33
  China 29 July 2021 Olympic Games Tokyo, Japan [11]
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 courseEdit

# Time Name Nationality Date Meet Location Ref
1 7:58.74 ? ? 198_? ? [12]
[13]
2 7:52.45   China 3 December 1993 SC Worlds Palma de Mallorca, Spain [12]
[14]
3 7:51.92
  China 17 April 1997 SC Worlds Gothenburg, Sweden [14]
[15]
[16]
4 7:51.70
  Sweden 1 April 1999 SC Worlds Hong Kong, Hong Kong [16]
[17]
5 7:49.11
  Great Britain 16 March 2000 SC Worlds Athens, Greece [18]
6 7:47.14
  Great Britain 10 August 2001 National 25m Championships Norwich, United Kingdom [19]
[20]
7 7:46.30
  China 3 April 2002 SC Worlds Moscow, Russia [21]
[22]
8 7:38.90
  Netherlands 9 April 2008 SC Worlds Manchester, United Kingdom [23]
9 7:35.94
  China 15 December 2010 SC Worlds Dubai, United Arab Emirates [24]
10 7:32.85
  Netherlands 3 Dec 2014 SC Worlds Doha, Qatar [25]
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

All-time top 10 by countryEdit

Men long courseEdit

  • Correct as of December 2021[26]
Pos Time Swimmer Nationality Date Venue Ref
1 6:58.55   United States 31 July 2009 Rome
2 6:58.58   Great Britain 28 July 2021 Tokyo [27]
3 6:59.15   Russia 31 July 2009 Rome
4 7:00.85   Australia 26 July 2019 Gwangju
5 7:02.01   Italy 26 July 2019 Gwangju
6 7:02.26   Japan 31 July 2009 Rome
7 7:02.77   France 31 July 2012 London
8 7:03.19   Germany 31 July 2009 Rome
9 7:04.74   China 2 August 2013 Barcelona
10 7:05.77   Canada 13 August 2008 Beijing

Men short courseEdit

  • Correct as of December 2021[28]
Pos Time Swimmer Nationality Date Venue Ref
1 6:46.81 Luiz Altamir Melo (1:42.03), Fernando Scheffer (1:40.99), Leonardo Coelho Santos (1:42.81), Breno Correia (1:40.98)   Brazil 14 December 2018 Hangzhou
2 6:46.84 Martin Malyutin (1:42.34), Mikhail Vekovishchev (1:41.57), Ivan Girev (1:41.85), Aleksandr Krasnykh (1:41.08)   Russia 14 December 2018 Hangzhou
3 6:47.00 Kieran Smith (1:41.79), Trenton Julian (1:41.35), Carson Foster (1:41.65), Ryan Held (1:42.21)   United States 19 December 2021 Abu Dhabi [29]
4 6:47.53 Ji Xinjie (1:42.67), Xu Jiayu (1:41.68), Sun Yang (1:41.25), Wang Shun (1:41.93)   China 14 December 2018 Hangzhou
5 6:51.05   Canada
6 6:51.48 Matteo Ciampi (1:42.93), Thomas Ceccon (1:44.23), Filippo Megli (1:42.99), Alberto Razzetti (1:41.33)   Italy 19 December 2021 Abu Dhabi [30]
7 6:52.13   South Africa
8 6:52.29   Australia
9 6:52.66   Belgium
10 6:53.05   France

Women long courseEdit

  • Correct as of December 2021[31]
Pos Time Swimmer Nationality Date Venue Ref
1 7:40.33 Yang Junxuan, Tang Muhan, Zhang Yufei, Li Bingjie   China 29 July 2021 Tokyo [32]
2 7:40.73 Allison Schmitt, Paige Madden, Katie McLaughlin, Katie Ledecky   United States 29 July 2021 Tokyo [33]
3 7:41.29 Ariarne Titmus, Emma McKeon, Madison Wilson, Leah Neale   Australia 29 July 2021 Tokyo [34]
4 7:43.77 Summer McIntosh, Rebecca Smith, Kayla Sanchez, Penny Oleksiak   Canada 29 July 2021 Tokyo [35]
5 7:45.51   Great Britain 30 July 2009 Rome
6 7:46.57   Italy 30 July 2009 Rome
7 7:47.49   France 1 August 2012 London
8 7:48.04   Hungary 30 July 2009 Rome
9 7:48.25   Russia 25 July 2019 Gwangju
10 7:48.96   Japan 10 August 2018 Japan

Women short courseEdit

  • Correct as of December 2021
Pos Time Swimmer Nationality Date Venue Ref
1 7:32.85   Netherlands 3 December 2014 Doha
2 7:32.96 Summer McIntosh (1:54.30), Kayla Sanchez (1:52.97), Katerine Savard (1:54.01), Rebecca Smith (1:51.68)   Canada 20 December 2021 Abu Dhabi [36]
3 7:34.08   China 15 December 2018 Hangzhou
4 7:35.30   United States 15 December 2018 Hangzhou
5 7:36.40   Australia 15 December 2018 Hangzhou
6 7:36.64   Russia 15 December 2018 Hangzhou
7 7:38.33   France 15 December 2010 Dubai

All-time top 25Edit

Men long courseEdit

  • Correct as of December 2021[37]
Pos Time Swimmer Nationality Date Venue Ref
1 6:58.55 Michael Phelps, Ricky Berens, David Walters, Ryan Lochte   United States 31 July 2009 Rome
2 6:58.56 Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Ricky Berens, Peter Vanderkaay   United States 13 August 2008 Beijing
3 6:58.58 Thomas Dean, James Guy, Matthew Richards, Duncan Scott   Great Britain 28 July 2021 Tokyo
4 6:59.15 Nikita Lobintsev, Mikhail Polischuk, Danila Izotov, Alexander Sukhorukov   Russia 31 July 2009 Rome
5 6:59.70 Ryan Lochte, Conor Dwyer, Ricky Berens, Michael Phelps   United States 31 July 2012 London
6 7:00.66 Conor Dwyer, Townley Haas, Ryan Lochte, Michael Phelps   United States 9 August 2016 Rio de Janeiro
7 7:00.85 Clyde Lewis, Kyle Chalmers, Alexander Graham, Mack Horton   Australia 26 July 2019 Gwangju
8 7:01.65 Kenrick Monk, Robert Hurley, Tommaso D'Orsogna, Patrick Murphy   Australia 31 July 2009 Rome
9 7:01.70 Stephen Milne, Nicholas Grainger, Duncan Scott, James Guy   Great Britain 28 July 2017 Budapest
10 7:01.72 Conor Dwyer, Ryan Lochte, Charlie Houchin, Ricky Berens   United States 2 August 2013 Barcelona
11 7:01.81 Mikhail Dovgalyuk, Mikhail Vekovishchev, Aleksandr Krasnykh, Martin Malyutin   Russia 26 July 2019 Gwangju
11 7:01.81 Martin Malyutin, Ivan Girev, Evgeny Rylov, Mikhail Dovgalyuk   Russia 28 July 2021 Tokyo
13 7:01.84
14 7:01.98
15 7:02.01
16 7:02.04
17 7:02.26
18 7:02.43
19 7:02.67
20 7:02.68
21 7:02.77
22 7:03.13
23 7:03.18
24 7:03.19
25 7:03.24

Men short courseEdit

  • Correct as of December 2021[38]
Pos Time Swimmer Nationality Date Venue Ref
1 6:46.81 Luiz Altamir Melo (1:42.03), Fernando Scheffer (1:40.99), Leonardo Coelho Santos (1:42.81), Breno Correia (1:40.98)   Brazil 14 December 2018 Hangzhou
2 6:46.84 Martin Malyutin (1:42.34), Mikhail Vekovishchev (1:41.57), Ivan Girev (1:41.85), Aleksandr Krasnykh (1:41.08)   Russia 14 December 2018 Hangzhou
3 6:47.00 Kieran Smith (1:41.79), Trenton Julian (1:41.35), Carson Foster (1:41.65), Ryan Held (1:42.21)   United States 19 December 2021 Abu Dhabi [39]
4 6:47.53 Ji Xinjie (1:42.67), Xu Jiayu (1:41.68), Sun Yang (1:41.25), Wang Shun (1:41.93)   China 14 December 2018 Hangzhou
5 6:49.04   Russia 16 December 2010 Dubai
6 6:49.12 Vladislav Grinev (1:43.18), Aleksandr Shchegolev (1:40.86), Mikhail Vekovishchev (1:42.16), Ivan Girev (1:42.92)   Russia 19 December 2021 Abu Dhabi [40]
7 6:49.58   United States 16 December 2010 Dubai
8 6:49.60 Fernando Scheffer (1:42.51), Murilo Sartori (1:42.07), Kaique Alves (1:43.15), Breno Correia (1:41.87)   Brazil 19 December 2021 Abu Dhabi [41]
9 6:49.84
10 6:51.05
11 6:51.17
12 6:51.40
13 6:51.48 Matteo Ciampi (1:42.93), Thomas Ceccon (1:44.23), Filippo Megli (1:42.99), Alberto Razzetti (1:41.33)   Italy 19 December 2021 Abu Dhabi [42]
14 6:51.68
15 6:51.80
16 6:51.96
17 6:52.10
18 6:52.13
19 6:52.29
20 6:52.66
22 6:52.81
23 6:53.05
25 6:53.22

Women long courseEdit

  • Correct as of December 2021[43]
Pos Time Swimmer Nationality Date Venue Ref
1 7:40.33 Yang Junxuan, Tang Muhan, Zhang Yufei, Li Bingjie   China 29 July 2021 Tokyo [44]
2 7:40.73 Allison Schmitt, Paige Madden, Katie McLaughlin, Katie Ledecky   United States 29 July 2021 Tokyo [45]
3 7:41.29 Ariarne Titmus, Emma McKeon, Madison Wilson, Leah Neale   Australia 29 July 2021 Tokyo [46]
4 7:41.45 Claire Weinstein, Leah Smith, Katie Ledecky, Bella Sims   United States 22 June 2022 Budapest
5 7:41.50 Ariarne Titmus, Madison Wilson, Brianna Throssell, Emma McKeon   Australia 25 July 2019 Gwangju
6 7:41.87 Simone Manuel, Katie Ledecky, Melanie Margalis, Katie McLaughlin   United States 25 July 2019 Gwangju
7 7:42.08 Yang Yu, Zhu Qianwei, Liu Jing, Pang Jiaying   China 30 July 2009 Rome
8 7:42.56 Dana Vollmer, Lacey Nymeyer, Ariana Kukors, Allison Schmitt   United States 30 July 2009 Rome
9 7:42.92 Missy Franklin, Dana Vollmer, Shannon Vreeland, Allison Schmitt   United States 1 August 2012 Gwangju
10 7:43.03 Allison Schmitt, Leah Smith, Maya DiRado, Katie Ledecky   United States 10 August 2016 Rio de Janeiro
11 7:43.39 Leah Smith, Mallory Comerford, Melanie Margalis, Katie Ledecky   United States 27 July 2017 Budapest
12 7:43.77 Summer McIntosh, Rebecca Smith, Kayla Sanchez, Penny Oleksiak   Canada 29 July 2021 Tokyo [47]
13 7:43.86   Australia 22 June 2022 Budapest
14 7:44.12 Ariarne Titmus, Emma McKeon, Mikkayla Sheridan, Madeline Groves   Australia 10 August 2018 Tokyo [48]
15 7:44.31   Australia 14 August 2008 Beijing
16 7:44.35   Canada 25 July 2019 Gwangju
17 7:44.37   United States 10 August 2018 Tokyo
18 7:44.41   Australia 1 August 2012 London
19 7:44.61   Australia 28 July 2021 Tokyo
20 7:44.76   Canada 22 June 2022 Budapest
21 7:44.87   Australia 10 August 2016 Rio de Janeiro
22 7:44.96   China 27 July 2017 Budapest
23 7:45.14   United States 1 August 2013 Barcelona
24 7:45.37   United States 6 August 2015 Kazan
25 7:45.39   Canada 10 August 2016 Rio de Janeiro

Women short courseEdit

  • Correct as of December 2021[49]
Pos Time Swimmer Nationality Date Venue Ref
1 7:32.85   Netherlands 3 December 2014 Doha
2 7:32.96 Summer McIntosh (1:54.30), Kayla Sanchez (1:52.97), Katerine Savard (1:54.01), Rebecca Smith (1:51.68)   Canada 20 December 2021 Abu Dhabi [50]
3 7:33.89 Katerine Savard (1:55.53), Taylor Ruck (1:51.69), Kennedy Goss (1:54.62), Penny Oleksiak (1:52.05)   Canada 10 December 2016 Windsor
4 7:34.08   China 15 December 2018 Hangzhou
5 7:35.30   United States 15 December 2018 Hangzhou
6 7:35.94   China 15 December 2010 Dubai
7 7:36.40   Australia 15 December 2018 Hangzhou
8 7:36.53 Torri Huske (1:54.72), Abbey Weitzeil (1:54.31), Melanie Margalis (1:54.83), Paige Madden (1:52.67)   United States 20 December 2021 Abu Dhabi [51]
9 7:36.64   Russia 15 December 2018 Hangzhou
10 7:37.02   China 3 December 2014 Doha
11 7:37.57   Australia 15 December 2010 Dubai
12 7:38.33   France 15 December 2010 Dubai
13 7:38.42   United States 15 December 2010 Dubai
14 7:38.59   Australia 3 December 2014 Doha
15 7:38.65   United States 10 December 2016 Windsor
16 7:38.90   Netherlands 9 April 2008 Manchester
17 7:38.96   Great Britain 9 April 2008 Manchester
18 7:39.01   Australia 9 April 2008 Manchester
19 7:39.20   Netherlands 3 December 2014 Doha
20 7:39.21   Hungary 3 December 2014 Doha
21 7:39.25   United States 12 December 2012 Istanbul
22 7:39.48   United States 3 December 2014 Doha
23 7:39.92 Li Bingjie (1:53.42), Cheng Yujie (1:54.91), Zhu Menghui (1:55.73), Liu Yaxin (1:55.86)   China 20 December 2021 Abu Dhabi [52]
24 7:39.93   Russia 10 December 2016 Windsor
25 7:40.00   Australia 10 December 2016 Windsor

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