2020 TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES
- When: Pool swimming: Saturday, July 24 – Sunday, August 1, 2021
- Open Water swimming: Wednesday, August 4 – Thursday, August 5, 2021
- Where: Olympic Aquatics Centre / Tokyo, Japan
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Australia just wrapped up another impressive relay performance here at these 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, as the women’s 4x100m medley relay reaped gold in a new Olympic Record.
Hitting the wall in a collective effort of 3:51.60, the foursome of Kaylee McKeown, Chelsea Hodges, Emma McKeon and Cate Campbell combined to top the podium ahead of the Americans, who touched just .13 behind in 3:51.73. Canada rounded out the top 3 in 3:52.60.
The Olympic Record previously stood at the 3:52.05 the Americans registered at the 2012 Olympic games in London. The split comparisons between that prior swim and tonight’s Aussie effort are as follows:
Old Olympic Record of 3:52.05 (USA)
Missy Franklin – 58.50
Rebecca Soni – 1:04.82
Dana Vollmer – 55.48
Allison Schmitt – 53.25
New Olympic Record of 3:51.60 (AUS)
McKeown – 58.01
Hodges – 1:05.57
McKeon – 55.91
Campbell – 52.11
The Aussie foursome’s effort here also overtakes the Australian national record of 3:52.58, a time that was scored at the 2009 World Championships. The women’s 200m back bronze medalist here, Emily Seebohm, was on that relay (59.40) along with retirees Sarah Katsoulis (1:04.65), Jessicah Schipper (56.19) and Libby Trickett (52.34).
For McKeon, this medley relay came just minutes after she scored her 2nd individual gold medal here in Tokyo, as she topped the women’s 50 freestyle field already earlier in the session.
This medal represents her 7th piece of hardware at these Games, with the Aussie having earned: 50m free gold, 100m free gold, 100m fly bronze, 4x100m free relay gold, 4x100m medley relay gold, 4x200m free relay bronze, 4x100m mixed medley bronze.
As for McKeown, this relay is her 3rd gold and 4th medal overall as the 20-year-old scored 100m and 200m back gold earlier.