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
- Heats: 7 PM / Semifinals & Finals: 10:30 AM (Local time)
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The Australian women have done it. During the first finals session at the Tokyo 2020 Games, Bronte Campbell, Meg Harris, Emma McKeon, and Cate Campbell have downed the women’s 4×100 freestyle world record, collecting gold in a 3:29.69.
That swim is an improvement upon the nation’s former mark of 3:30.05 which they set at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. That record was established by Shayna Jack, Bronte Campbell, Emma McKeon, and Cate Campbell for gold in 2018.
|Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games||2018 Commonwealth Games|
|100||Bronte Campbell (53.01)||Shayna Jack (54.03)|
|200||Meg Harris (53.09)||Bronte Campbell (52.03)|
|300||Emma McKeon (51.35)||Emma McKeon (52.99)|
|400||Cate Campbell (52.34)||Cate Campbell (51.00)|
In addition to improving upon their own world record in the event, the Australian women have successfully defended their Olympic title from 2016. In fact, 3/4 of the women who took gold in Rio were present during the 2020 final in Bronte Campbell, Cate Campbell, and Emma McKeon while Meg Harris replaced 2016 Olympic medalist Brittany Elmslie. The Australian women won the 2016 title in a 3:30.65 which was an Olympic record at the time meaning that the new world record of 3:29.69 is also an Olympic record.
Further, since Australia held the previous world record at a 3:30.05, this swim represents a new Australian and Oceanian record in the event. While a world record is an incredible feat in any circumstance, Emma McKeon made her contribution event more impressive by splitting a 51.35 as the 3rd leg in the race.
Joining Australia on the Olympic podium, the Canadian women swam a 3:32.78 for the silver medal, while the Americans rounded out the top 3 in a 3:32.81. That’s a swapped result from the 2016 Olympic Games when the USA took silver to Australia in a 3:31.89 while Canada was bronze in a 3:32.89.
Canadian Silver Medal-Winning Splits
USA Bronze Medal-Winning Splits