2018 PAN PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Thursday, August 9 – Tuesday, August 14, 2018
- Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo, Japan
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The Australian squad of Ariarne Titmus, Emma McKeon, Mikkayla Sheridan and Madeline Groves combined to upset the U.S. for gold in the women’s 4×200 free relay and broke their Commonwealth Record in the process.
Titmus gave them the early lead with the fastest opening leg by over two and a half seconds in 1:55.27, and then McKeon (1:55.66), Sheridan (1:56.72) and Groves (1:56.47) never relinquished it to touch in a time of 7:44.12, breaking their Commonwealth, Oceanian and Australian Record of 7:44.31 set back at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing (where they won gold). It also broke the previous Pan Pac record of 7:46.40 set by the Americans in 2014.
The relay also stacks up as the 6th fastest in history, with China (7:42.08) holding the world record from 2009 and the Americans having been faster four times.
Fastest 4×200 Free Relays In History
- China, 7:42.08 – 2009
- USA, 7:42.56 – 2009
- USA, 7:42.92 – 2012
- USA, 7:43.03 – 2016
- USA, 7:43.39 – 2017
- Australia, 7:44.12 – 2018
Below, check out a split comparison of the new and previous Commonwealth Records. Both teams had a pair of 1:55s and a pair of 1:56s, with Titmus’ 1:55.27 lead-off being the difference maker.
|Australia, 2008 Olympics||Australia, 2018 Pan Pacs|
|Stephanie Rice – 1:56.60||Ariarne Titmus – 1:55.27|
|Bronte Barratt – 1:56.58||Emma McKeon – 1:55.66|
|Kylie Palmer – 1:55.22||Mikkayla Sheridan – 1:56.72|
|Linda Mackenzie – 1:55.91||Madeline Groves – 1:56.47|
The Americans were just two-tenths back for silver in 7:44.37, as Katie Ledecky (1:53.84) made the race very close with a blazing fast anchor leg after the Aussies had opened a three-second advantage heading into the final leg.