Australia Continues Golden Siege With Women’s Medley Relay Olympic Record


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.

In This Story

Leave a Reply

Notify of

oldest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Queen Simone
1 year ago

Huske touched first and Weitzel entered the water second. Just o.O

Queen Simone
1 year ago

Weitzel’s changeover was trash

Reply to  Queen Simone
1 year ago

Lazy analysis. Wasn’t even a bad exchange. Just not perfect.

1 year ago

While alot of attention will go to their golden girls, Kaylee Emma and Cate, Chelsea was the unsung hero of this relay. We all knew AUS needed the breast leg to be within a second of USA, and she didnt only do it, the difference was only 0.5s.

Even if the other three legs didnt fire as much (by their own high lofty standards), it didnt matter thanks to her brilliance.

With all her 1:06s races and splits earlier, she really somehow found a mid 1:05s in her, and that was what AUS needed

Reply to  ice
1 year ago

Exactly, this was our weakest leg going in, with Chealsea below her best, but she came through. Between MKeon and McKeown, they could have picked up up a full second, and we know Cates gone 50.9 before in a relay, so this win was special.

Reply to  ice
1 year ago

Hodges and ZSC both stepped up in the breaststrokes…..the swimming Gods have really smiled on Australia in Tokyo!

1 year ago

My kingdom for a 1:05 Canadian breaststroker

Van Savant
1 year ago

Weitzel was given a .25 second lead, and yet left the blocks after the Aussies. Damn shame, because she swam so well and so fast. We all saw her reaction afterwards. She knew it. But that’s sports. And she’s still a freaking stud. Tough game, no?

Reply to  Van Savant
1 year ago

The whole reaction thing is not all that simple…you don’t want to risk getting disqualified for jumping in too fast. Weitzel was never going to catch Campbell if the lead was less than 0.5 sec plus she doesn’t have a great back half to make it happen either.

Corn Pop
1 year ago

Lmao ‘ Retirees’ . I expect to see Sarah , Jessica & Libby in one of those over 55s estates

Only 20 years to go girls!

Last edited 1 year ago by Corn Pop
1 year ago

Hodges’ leg was decisive, she went for her ~PB start-adjusted with a fast beginning, well done!

Emma McKeon – female star of the event!

1 year ago

So leading into Tokyo, Lilly King said the US women could (admittedly she did not say would) win all the women’s events.

The final standings were

Australia: 8 gold
China: 3 gold
USA: 3 gold
Japan: 2 gold
South Africa: 1 gold

Reply to  SBOmega
1 year ago

You could say the American women got smashed like guitars.

Reply to  Troyy
1 year ago

Smashed?! I mean not really… USA LADIES won 18 medals (every person in the women’s team except 2 got a medal). And if you’re just comparing AUS women to USA women. USA bettered AUS IN 8 of the 16 events. And in 6 of them there were 2 USA girls ahead of AUS, so if you’re comparing the nations just against each other USA would actually come out on top. I’m not from the USA but you can’t deny the depth they have in almost every event and they consistently perform at every Olympics.

Reply to  Drew
1 year ago

Australia had no entries in the IMs at all. So you can’t really say you bettered them there. But yes we don’t have the depth, probably because of our population and lack of funding for mid range swimmers

Cy morris
Reply to  Drew
1 year ago

USA country of 300millions 10times Aussie population

Reply to  Cy morris
1 year ago

Hear hear. Medals per 10 M population. Australia 7.8 US of A 0.9
If we consider women only AUS 10.9, USA 0.96

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  SBOmega
1 year ago

Lily “BIG MOUTH” King

Reply to  SBOmega
1 year ago

And Canada 1 gold!

Reply to  ScovaNotiaSwimmer
1 year ago

Oops how could I forgot Maggie Macneill

About Retta Race

Retta Race

Former Masters swimmer and coach Loretta (Retta) thrives on a non-stop but productive schedule. Nowadays, that includes having just earned her MBA while working full-time in IT while owning French 75 Boutique while also providing swimming insight for BBC.

Read More »