Captured by D’Artagnan Dias.
Produced by Coleman Hodges.
Reported by Mitch Bowmile.
WOMEN’S 4X200M FREESTYLE RELAY FINAL
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Top Seed: 7:47.77 – USA
World Record: 7:42.08 (2009) – China
JR World Record: 7:56.68 – Australia
Olympic Record: 7:42.92 (2012) – USA
2012 Olympic Champion: 742.92 – USA
The Chinese took it out quickly in the 4x200m freestyle but towards the end of the race it was clear that it was between the United States, Australia, Sweden and Canada.
Led by Katie Ledecky on the anchor leg, the United States managed to pass the Aussies who had 17-year-old Tamsin Cook anchoring their team. Ledecky created a large lead for the Americans, making the real battle for the silver medal.
A great third leg by Canada’s Brittany MacLean put them right in the mix as Penny Oleksiak dove in to anchor the Canadian team. She began to close on Australia’s cook, but wasn’t able to entirely close the gap.
Ledecky touched first for the Americans, Cook touched second for the Australians, and Oleksiak touched third for the Canadians.
- USA – 7:43.03
- Australia – 7:44.87
- Canada – 7:45.39
- China – 7:45.39
- Sweden – 7:50.26
- Hungary – 7:51.03
- Russia – 7:53.26
- Japan – 7:56.76