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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Great Britain’s relay of Anna Hopkin, Abbie Wood, Lucy Hope, and Freya Anderson smashed the 400 free relay British National Record for the 3rd time in less than three months with a time of 3:33.96 in the Olympic final on Saturday.
Hopkin dropped a lifetime best 50 free split on the leadoff leg, 53.16, to take .05 off her previous lifetime best from the 2019 World Championships.
“It’s good to get some swims under my belt. Having not raced last year, that PB was from quite a while ago so I was happy to get back down there,” Hopkin said about the swim according to SwimEngland.
|2021 OLYMPIC GAMES FINALS|
|Anna Hopkin – 53.16 (53.16)|
|Abbie Wood – 53.23 (1:46.39)|
|Lucy Hope – 54.73 (2:41.12)|
|Freya Anderson – 52.84 (3:33.96)|
They earned 5th place, missing the podium by about 1.15 but coming home with their own National Record.
The relay was on track to win bronze after Wood’s leg, trailing Sweden’s Michelle Coleman. But Sweden fell back on the second half of the race while the United States and the Netherlands beat Great Britain for 3rd and 4th place, respectively.
“To come away with the best time as a relay team, we couldn’t have done much more,” Wood said according to SwimEngland.
“With this being only the third or fourth time we’ve raced together as this four, it’ll be interesting to see how far we can go if we get more experience.”
Wood noted that this was the Olympic debut for all four of them. “I feel like we all stepped up for our first Olympic final,” she said. “And I think we did ourselves proud by coming away with a British record.”
The same relay team of Hope, Hopkin, Wood and Anderson broke this British National record in May at the European Championships with a time of 3:34.17 to win gold.
In prelims on Friday, they broke the record with a time of 3:34.03. The biggest difference between their prelims and finals swim was Anderson who anchored the relay in 52.84 compared to her prelims split of 53.46. Wood also swam faster in finals by almost one-third of a second.
|2021 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS||2021 OLYMPIC GAMES PRELIMS||2021 OLYMPIC GAMES FINALS|
|Lucy Hope – 53.89||Lucy Hope – 54.37||Anna Hopkin – 53.16 (53.16)|
|Anna Hopkin – 53.59 (1:47.48)||Anna Hopkin – 52.65 (1:47.02)||Abbie Wood – 53.23 (1:46.39)|
|Abbie Wood – 53.90 (2:41.38)||Abbie Wood – 53.55 (2:40.57)||Lucy Hope – 54.73 (2:41.12)|
|Freya Anderson – 52.79 (3:34.17)||Freya Anderson – 53.46 (3:34.03)||Freya Anderson – 52.84 (3:33.96)|
Earlier we noted that the last time the British women won an Olympic relay medal in swimming was when they medaled in the 400 medley relay in 1980, while their last 400 free relay medal was a bronze at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics.