Once again on Sunday evening, the final day of the 2013 Tokyo World Cup stop, Australia has broken the World Record in the mixed 200 medley relay.
The team of Tommaso D’Orsogna, Travis Mahoney, Cate Campbell, and Bronte Campbell combined for a 1:29.61 – roughly a second-and-a-half faster than they were in prelims, which broke Japan’s 1:32.52 old World Record.
The Australians switched their relays around a bit in finals, and stuck D’Orsogna on the second leg of the World Record relay while moving Regan Leong to the third-place B relay, and switched the order of the two Campbell sisters on the end as well.
This new team, though much closer, was still shy of their countrymates’ best all-time swim, done at the Eindhoven stop a few weeks before this was an officially recognized World Record.
Still, as far as we can tell the Australians have now gone at least the two best times in this relay ever, and used eight different swimmers to get there. And some of their best sprinters (like James Roberts and Matt Targett) haven’t participated in either of them.
The relay comparisons are below, excluding this morning’s record in prelims because it didn’t last very long.
|Japan – Dubai||Australia – Tokyo||Australia – Eindhoven|
|Old WR (pre Tokyo WC)||New WR||Best All-Time|
|Shinri Shioura – 21.63||Tomasso D’Orsogna – 21.48||Matthew Abood – 21.21|
|Sayaka Akase – 25.28||Travis Mahoney – 21.59||James Magnussen – 20.64|
|Kenta Ito – 20.70||Cate Campbell – 23.10||Brittany Elmslie – 23.97|
|Kanako Watanabe – 24.91||Bronte Campbell – 23.44||Emma McKeon – 23.49|