Australian Women’s 4×100 Free Relay Sets New Olympic Record in Prelims

2016 RIO OLYMPIC GAMES

The Australian 4×100 free relay of Madi Wilson, Brittany Elmslie, Bronte Campbelland Cate Campbell scored a new Olympic record this morning in prelims, finishing first and coming in 1.2 seconds ahead of the second-place American relay. The Aussies finished in 3:33.59.

The previous Olympic record was also held by the Australians, the 2012 relay of Alicia CouttsCate Campbell, Elmslie, and Melanie Schlanger, a 3:32.39 set in 2012.

Below is a split comparison between the two swims:

2012 OR Alicia Coutts: 53.90 Cate Campbell: 54.19 Brittany Elmslie: 53.41 Melanie Schlanger: 52.65 Total: 3:33.15

2016 OR

Madi Wilson: 54.11

Brittany Elmslie: 53.22

Bronte Campbell: 53.26

Cate Campbell: 51.80

Total: 3:32.39

 

Tonight, the Australians will face off against the Americans, most likely switching Emma McKeon into the mix. McKeon is currently the fourth-fastest 100 freestyler in the world.

The Aussies’ eyes are certainly going to be on the world record tonight. The world record sits at 3:30.98, a mark set by Bronte Campbell, Schlanger, McKeon, and Cate Campbell in 2014 at the Commonwealth Games.

If McKeon holds with her season-best, and Elmslie and the Campbells swim the same times as this morning, they’re looking at 3:31.08, so the world record will be well within reach tonight.

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Janice Lowing
6 years ago

Fantastic effort by ALL FOUR girls.

Murica
6 years ago

Hope they put Vollmer on rather than Wier. Vollmer was 53.3 when she was 56.9, now she a 56.5 (..so far). We know she’s clutch. Weir has been iffy on a few finals relays at big meets. Vollmer is this relay’s olympic champion mamma bear.

MANUEL – VOLLMER – LEDECKY – WEITZEIL

53.0 – 52.5 – 52.5 – 51.9

Only way we beat Aussies. Yes its a tall order. Yes we are confident. Yes we are the USA. Yes we believe.

attilly the silly
Reply to  Murica
6 years ago

Lol.

MCKEON – ELMSLIE – C2 – C1

52.7 – 52.9 – 52.1 – 51.5

These splits are more realistic than yours… And almost a second faster. One can hope, but belief is a bit of a stretch for me.

Murica
Reply to  attilly the silly
6 years ago

Your splits are not accounting for the Aussies getting either bitten by mosquitoes or starting to doze off because its past their bedtime. Something will throw em off.

Prickle
6 years ago

So as of this afternoon Katie Ledecky is the fastest American sprinter with the expected flat start time of 53 flat. It makes her be considered for the third relay W4x100 medley. Let’s see in a few hours what Weitzel thinks about that.

pooholla
6 years ago

anyone know the fastest women’s split ever off the top of their head?

Sergey v
Reply to  pooholla
6 years ago

51.5 Cate Campbell 2014 Commonwealth games.

Bill
6 years ago

Wow, a 52.6 split for Ledecky after an overly safe start! She just sent a message to everyone that she is going to be a force in the 200.

FREEBEE
Reply to  Bill
6 years ago

Weir and Ledecky –will be on relay! (the times don’t lie)

Stephen
Reply to  Bill
6 years ago

overall about a 53 sec swim from Her…great swim

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Bill
6 years ago

Ledecky’s split is just fantastic – who would have guessed she can be that fast on a 100 split !!! she is going to be extremely hard to beat in the 200

Track
Reply to  Bill
6 years ago

But Sjostrom went 52.5 after an 100 fly,

Stephen
Reply to  Track
6 years ago

yeah but according to these experts …that doesn’t matter…..Please don’t kill a good story with facts

Haas 1:41
Reply to  Track
6 years ago

Sjostrom cruised a 100 fly about an hour before this. It’s not like she had swam 30 minutes before or pushed it hard. It’ll be a close race but I think Ledecky will win the 200 later this week.

FREEBEE
6 years ago

U.S. splits?

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